The Future of . . . (April 2012)
This is a monthly newsletter feature: a collection of recent stories and news articles that have appeared elsewhere; this is our way of helping you stay on top of developments in the worlds of technology, workplace and facilities design, the workforce, and work design – any and all of which will likely affect the future of work, often in ways we can’t begin to imagine.
How Leaders Kill Meaning at Work
This article, from McKinsey Quarterly, describes how many organizational leaders engage in four specific destructive behaviors that kill their subordinates’ creativity, productivity, and commitment to helping their employers succeed.
Authors Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer are convinced that the single most important thing that leaders and managers can do to foster employee engagement is to create opportunities for meaningful work—to help employees understand how their personal activities can make a difference for customers, for the company, and for society at large.
It’s an important concept, and the article is a good summary of the authors’ research.