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How can employees find meaning in what they do?

A worker is not likely to find meaning in what they do unless they seem themselves as a contributing part of something that is bigger than they are. In most work situations this is a function of the relationship between the worker and his/her immediate boss.

A boss at any level has two primary jobs. He or she needs to accomplish the business mission and care for the people in the leader's charge.

Accomplishing the mission includes communicating, over and over, what needs to be done and why it's important. It also includes communicating what part of the work an individual has and why that's important.

Caring for your people means, first of all that you work to keep them safe. Keep them safe from forces outside the organization that might do them harm and from the organizational Powers That Be.

Caring for your people means helping them grow and develop. You can help them develop skills to keep them out of trouble in the future. You can help them learn things and achieve their personal objectives.

Finally, caring for your people means creating a great working environment. Fortunately, we know what that looks like. Consider the following as seen from the perspective of a member of the group.

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