As a general rule, people desire a number of key things from work: development opportunities that align with their strengths, work that absorbs them and, crucially, a role that gives them a strong sense of meaning. In other words, work that provides a solid answer to the question: ‘why am I doing this?’ at the end of each day.
Many employers, particularly in the finance sector, have adopted a transactional view to employee engagement and retention, whether it is in the form of remuneration, promotion opportunities or additional time off. However, those looking for true, long-term contentment at work should shift their focus from quick, temporary fixes and instead focus on factors that are more organic, long-term and specific to them.
But what do these factors look like in every day practice and how should people be approaching them?