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28 Mar 2018

Leveraging Passion at Work

What is passion? Passion is an intense emotion or overwhelming enthusiasm for something. Passion energizes people and keeps them engaged. There is a need for organizations to identify such people, empower them and leverage their passions to align with business objectives.

 

Passionate workers are committed to continually achieving higher levels of performance. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need passionate workers because they are the ones who have a greater focus at work and never hesitate to go the extra mile. These workers have both personal resilience and an orientation towards learning and improvement that helps organizations develop the resilience needed to withstand and grow stronger from continuous market challenges and disruptions.

 

Here are three tips to help employees develop passion:

  1. Develop a growth mindset: This is an important tip for both employees and the organization as a whole. In order to have an experimental and exploratory mindset, you need to remove the fear from employees and get everyone in the company comfortable with failure and testing.

  2. Give employees autonomy: It is hard for someone to get passionate if they don’t have the autonomy to grow as a person. If someone is micromanaging and controlling every move they make, there is no way an employee will be able to develop passion and feel that excitement for what he/she is doing.

  3. Help them learn: We need to actively encourage them to learn and help them by giving them the resources they need to learn more. Set up a budget so they can buy books, courses, and anything that will help them grow. Send employees to conferences if it will help them learn and connect with others. Don’t set unrealistic deadlines for them and encourage them to take time to learn.

 

It is truly great to have as many passionate people as possible in the organization. It is an organization’s prerogative to identify, develop and empower more and more people in the organization who share common interests and feel passionate about the organization’s vision, mission and values, so that together they can have a big impact on the entire organization.

 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs