03/06/2022 by Kori Burkholder
3 Essential Strategies to Deal With Meaningless Work
Do you feel disconnected from the work you do every day at your job?
Do you feel uninspired by your company's purpose and mission?
I hear these complaints frequently from young professionals, like you, who work in the corporate world and want to do more than just your job. You want to contribute to something bigger than yourself. You want to see how your contribution affects the bigger picture.
If you feel this way, you are not alone. 86% of millennials said they’d consider taking a pay cut to work at a company whose mission and values align with their own, according to LinkedIn’s Workplace Culture report.
And if you can’t see how your contribution affects the bigger picture or you’ve become disconnected from the company's purpose, then most likely, you’re unhappy at work and thinking about quitting or finding a new job.
Before you job-hop over to another company, I suggest doing a little inward exploration to avoid landing in a similar situation.
Start by asking yourself:
What is my company’s product or service? Do I care about it? How does my contribution make an impact on my team, customers, our community, state, country, and the world?
Having answered these questions, do you feel more connected or disconnected from your work?
If you feel more disconnected from your work and the company's mission, take a step back and tune into the bigger picture.
What's the bigger picture and why is it important?
Seeing the bigger picture means thinking about how your actions can affect a project or company's success rather than focusing on minor details.
Picture yourself standing at the bottom of a mountain, and you’ve got to find a way to the top, but the woods are so thick, you can’t see a path forward. On the other hand, your boss is in a helicopter above and has a 360 view. They can see the different paths that lead to the top and guide you upwards in many different ways.
You might be so lost in details it's hard to see things from a higher perspective. If you don’t know, ask your boss or manager. They have insights to share and most would be happy to share that information because they know it'll give you more insight, perspective, and purpose while meeting your daily, weekly, and monthly goals and deadlines.
Does the company’s mission align with your values?
Do you know your company's mission statement? Do you know the company’s values? Most young professionals I speak with don’t know or haven’t stopped to think about it. Look on your company’s website to find it.
Then check in with your values. Knowing your values makes it blatantly clear why you feel the way you feel. Likewise, linking your values back to the company's mission shines a light on why you are feeling unmotivated.
It's an a-ha moment, and the light turns on. Once there is clarity, you can start taking actions at work that are aligned with your values to create more harmony in your work, at least for the time being.
When I landed a dream job as a music merchandising manager, I later learned the company was doing some shady marketing acquisition tactics.
The company's mission was to “empower mobile lifestyles by delivering personalized content on the fly". I justified my role because our team was responsible for increasing retention and reducing churn by making our existing customers happy by offering more value.
Even though I knew about the acquisition side of things, my job was to make people happy and satisfied to continue with our monthly subscription service and to develop marketing strategies to meet that goal. In addition, I saw my job as helping up-and-coming artists gain more exposure and helping our customers discover new music, which made them feel like “trendsetters”.
Research mission-driven companies
76% percent of young professionals consider a company’s social and environmental commitments before deciding where to work. It's a smart tactic and ensures that you are behind the mission.
Do some research and find five companies that make an impactful meaningful to you and ask yourself:
What differences am I finding between the company I work for and my dream employers?
Are you making the impact you want to make in the world using your favorite skills, talents, and experience?
If you realize that your values don’t align with the company's mission and you’ve tried all of these suggestions, consider your list of five companies and start researching open roles and making connections with those working in the companies and see if you can get some informational interviews lined up.
Let’s get the ball rolling!
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