Sense of Purpose at Work

How to find meaning and happiness at work

Finding Your Sense of Purpose at Work

Whether you enjoy your work or not often comes down to how well your job supports your sense of purpose. Where you work, the role you hold, and your broader sense of purpose are subject to change. Therefore, if you want to have a balance between these three, you must not be afraid of career transitions or change itself. In fact, you must look for them.  Learn more about finding your purpose at https://senseofpurpose.org


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The Importance of Sense of Purpose

Having a sense of purpose in your life is essential to well-being. Equally important is having a sense of purpose in your role at work. You have to continually search and find the sense of purpose in your career as circumstances change. You don’t have to quit your current employer to stay engaged. Yet, sometimes you may need a fundamental change.

For instance, if you find yourself thinking “There must be more to my working life than just sitting here making money and not actually making an impact”. Perhaps, you dread going into the office on Monday morning or maybe you simply outgrew your role and you are bored to tears in your cubicle. These are all signs that you need to find a new sense of purpose in your career.


The Right Mindset

When you have a sense of purpose at work, you feel passionate, innovative, and committed. Your outward-looking focus is on serving the organization. Also, your professional purpose is in balance with your personal purpose. If you feel this way, then you have a purpose mindset. However, if you are focused on advancing your career and you prioritize increasing your salary, title, team size, power or sphere of control, you have a career mindset. Finally, if you perform your duties in return for compensation and not much else, then you have a job mindset.

Spending too much time just in the career or job mindsets is destructive. You are certainly dissatisfied with your career if you spend more than 50% of your time in either the career or the job mindset. Therefore, you should seek a new role or maybe even a new company that provides you with a new sense of purpose. Avoid falling into complacency, because only focusing on job or career mindsets can harm your reputation, your likelihood of a promotion, and long-term prospects.


Finding meaning in your work
Searching for purpose


Boredom at Work

Do you experience a lack of commitment or feel underutilized at work? There are many warning signs that you might be bored at work.

You might be bored in your current role when:

  • You complete private tasks at work
  • You feel under-challenged
  • You pretend to be busy
  • You feel tired and uninterested at work
  • You find your work meaningless
  • You could complete your tasks faster than you actually do

You might be afraid of changing jobs just because you might have a salary reduction, even though you have little or no interest in your current work or employer.


Find Your Purpose

Life is short. You deserve a career where you have a sense of purpose. But you cannot leave it up to your employer or your team. It is up to you to define and enact your purpose at work.

Top ways to find purpose in working include:

  • Know what motivates you
  • Analyze your personal goals and find a company that supports them
  • Discover ways you can help make your company better
  • Assign personal performance metrics that really matter to you
  • Mentor, coach, and help others


Additional Resources

Thank you for reading CFI’s discussion of a sense of purpose. CFI is a leading provider of career resources for financial analysts. To continue learning and advancing your career these additional resources will be helpful:

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