I’ve always been a fan of Dan Pink and his book Drive where he talks about the importance of autonomy, mastery, and purpose in work. This weekend in the NY Times, there was a piece titled Rethinking Work by Barry Schwartz where the author espouses an extended set of beliefs that are similar to Dan Pink’s but broadened by adding a few more categories.
Here’s a choice piece from the article:
We want work that is challenging and engaging, that enables us to exercise some discretion and control over what we do, and that provides us opportunities to learn and grow. We want to work with colleagues we respect and with supervisors who respect us. Most of all, we want work that is meaningful — that makes a difference to other people and thus ennobles us in at least some small way.
So, people want work that is challenging, engaging, some level of autonomy, opportunities to learn and grow, co-workers and bosses that care, and work that matters. Much like autonomy, mastery, and purpose, this expands the concept with challenging, engaging, and being surrounded by people who care. In the end, it’s about making work great, and when it meets these criteria, it’s an amazing thing.
What else? What are some thoughts on making work great?