Gone are the days of working for a company just for a paycheck. Today employees what to be aligned with the overall organizational mission, vision, and values of the company they work for. In fact, surveys have shown that Millennials would actually work for less money in order to work for a company that is aligned with their personal values.
In order to facilitate this, employees need to be clear on their own personal mission, values, purpose, and what personal legacy they want to leave behind. That’s where professional development comes into play.
Professional Development Programs
Creating a culture where people are able to self-assess how their personal values are in alignment with the organizational purpose is the first step towards having an engaged workforce. This involves offering professional development programs for every level in the company, from leadership on down to the individual contributor. Helping leaders, in particular, understand how their personal values align organizational values can enable them to inspire others. That’s one reason why professional development for managers is vitally important.
Training for HR Professionals
Human Resources (HR) often leads the way in delivering assessments, and helping managers facilitate their direct reports to become purpose-driven and highly engaged. There are literally dozens of assessments available today, and it is the job of HR professionals and instructional designers to select and sometimes customize these tools before they are deployed in an organization. HR professionals will also need to deliver training on coaching skills, equipping leaders with the right skill set to implement a culture of professional development.
When employees can see and understand the link between their work and the value it delivers to society, they engage much more deeply than others who see work as just a source of money or status. These purpose-driven employees contribute at much higher levels than their peers, since they see their work as a source of meaning and fulfillment. Learning professionals need to be aware of this phenomenon, and structure programs accordingly.
Building a values-driven organization begins with employee onboarding. When new employees can see how their work makes a difference early on, they will be more fulfilled and feel more confident about having joined the company. Most importantly, be sure to frame the new employee’s job tasks in view of how they link with and impact the overall organization’s mission, vision, and values.