Purpose mitigates quietly quitting.

Emma Egan

There is a reason why we called our podcast, webinars and gatherings “purpose”. People need it not only to survive but to thrive. What are we without it?

I have been thinking more and more about it lately.

I have three kids, 17, 12 and 6. Interestingly my beautiful 17-year-old is the most challenging at the moment. His tribulations got me reminiscing about what has gotten me through to now – purpose. I have always been driven to look after others like a mother hen. I have worked since I was 15, and it never bothered me to buy my friend’s lunch when they didn’t have money, shout a ride home or share anything else. So now, I am driven by setting up a cool life for my family, being able to give to charity, and creating a space where my tribe feels safe, loved and supported at home and work. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth and have had to work for everything I have – I am grateful for that.

How do we help others find their purpose with all the talk around quietly quitting?

Ariana Huffington talks about it in her most recent newsletter;

“We’re not, after all, just in a crisis of burnout. We’re also in a crisis of purpose and meaning. And in recent years, study after study has validated the ancient wisdom that having a sense of purpose is deeply tied to our physical and mental well-being. Implicit in quiet quitting is the idea that finding purpose and engagement in our work somehow saps us or makes us more susceptible to burnout. But in fact, purpose is an antidote to burnout.”

Organisations need support to help people work towards their purpose to mitigate the risk of burnout. Engagement is key, and putting a framework in place and tools to access mental health support, development opportunities, great recruitment processes, onboarding and an avenue to let people be heard…..don’t forget to follow up with action!

I am lucky to work with two unique humans in Sterning HR, Bianca and Sarah, we talk about our purpose often, and it always comes back to helping others. Be it assisting people to secure the right role for their career or finding someone who will enhance teams and the business they join.

We work with inspiring people who have done this in their organisations and with others who need an extra helping hand. How does your organisation help people connect to their purpose? How do you connect to your purpose?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Until next time, Emma x

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