Think of one of your proudest moments in life. What was involved with that moment? Take a step back from that moment and remember all of the details of it. In work there are aspects more important than money. Yes I said it. Now obviously we have to get paid for our work, but here are three aspects that if we had to rank them are even more important than money.
Thinking back over that proud moment, there were people who supported you to help you reach that moment. There are times and people who have been their own support, but even if your family isn't blood we all have those friends who are our family. Support from your friends and leaders at the workplace is what makes the difference. I don't believe people are mainly motivated by money but by their perceived quality of life at work. Here's why I believe that.
In today's workplace we are told that the "just college graduated" generation is motivated by money. If I get a bonus then it makes my hours worth it, if I get that promotion that comes with a bigger raise then it's all worth it. But money really isn't the biggest motivator, it's support.
We see stories all the time where the former high up in a company left to work for a small privately owned something something. I believe one of the reasons that happens so frequently is because money does't fulfill the promises it tries to. We want to have a balanced life.
Thinking back on like there very rarely will be someone who’s only regret was that they were not CEO of XYZ company, but they will say statements like they wish the had spend more time with their kids, or they wished they had gone on that vacation they kept pushing off.
The reason that a work and life balance is more important that money is because it is the one resource that no matter how hard you try you can never get back. No matter how hard you work that week or that year you will never get time back. You can earn more money or work towards bigger car, but as soon as something happens with your health or you start thinking about the bigger picture time always comes into play.
Time you can’t get back, time is that one resource that is always fleeting. We want a work/life balance because time is more important.
There are managers and there are leaders. Those two are distinctly different. A manager walks through, says hello, smiles and keeps walking. A leader understands his/her team. A leader can be anyone from any level of the organization. A manager is a title not an attitude. A leader does all they can to understand the needs of the team, and is there to support the team. In a situation that calls for teamwork or during a hard day, the support of your team and the support you give to your team is what makes the difference. Don't be the first to point a finger when something goes wrong, be the one who helps find the solution.
In my work life, when I feel that I have the true support of my leaders, I will work my hardest and be there to help in any way possible. When you receive recognition from a leader you feel that you are truly making a difference. I've seen many people who will work for a company, making less, because they truly believe in the leadership. They feel the love of their leader. When someone feels appreciated and supported why would they look for somewhere else to go?
We spend so much of our adult time at work, why wouldn't we want to enjoy our jobs? I thrive when I'm in a place that I feel safe in. There will be times when we mess up, although we are trying our best, but we feel horrible and want to do better. If there is the confidence of the leaders, great things can be accomplished.
If you're a leader, create the environment that calls for a team of people that support each other, it will make all the difference! This generation is searching for leaders who care. Be those leaders, and find places to learn from those leaders.