As I scrolled through the endless emails that accumulated overnight, one title caught my eye “Career Exploration: Paying the Bills and Feeding the Soul.”
As I opened the email to learn more I thought of the candidates I’ve worked with over the years, male and female for whom this message resonates. We often connect the nourishing of the soul and spirit with women but it is very much a need common to both genders.
When this need is fulfilled it can have a positive impact on an organization’s culture, customers and bottom line.
Candidates have become better at expressing the need but sadly many companies have failed to realize the value of employing the “whole man (or woman).” Feeding the soul is about connectedness. It is the recognition that your sliver of responsibility is not all there is but contributes to a bigger goal or purpose.
The method of connection will differ for each person. Some value the connection to people, others value the connection to a larger goal and some may value the connection to a mission. Managers that take time to discover employees’ individual needs are rewarded with positive and productive teams who are often the superstars of their organization.
Many employers mistakenly believe that money motivates productivity and inspires loyalty so they address paying the bills but neglect to feed the soul. So often the root of a once happy employee’s discontent can be sourced to this neglect. How often I’ve heard candidates lament over the lack of recognition, or the cold disconnect between corporate mandates and people. Money is necessary but man was meant to be connected as John Donne so eloquently illustrates in No Man Is An Island.
As a career marketing professional a key part of my mission is to help candidates uncover their values and create connections with companies that will feed their families and their souls. And without surprise it is this mission that is the source of my passion, the driving force that awakens me each day with a desire to do more and be more than the previous day.
I believe that as more employers realize the value of feeding the soul we will truly begin to see the power unleashed when potential and purpose are connected. What are your thoughts? How can we usher in a new era in the workplace? How do we satisfy this need in the candidates and companies who trust our expertise?