TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday as a concept should not exist. Neither should people have to feel low about Mondays. So if you are a CEO, entrepreneur or a leader of small groups how to do you make Monday’s exciting at work?
Are you making a living or improving life – yours and others- that’s what differentiates whether a person’s work is meaningful or not. To be meaningful, one does not need to do charity or sacrifice monetary gains or have a fancy or high level job. What really matters is the core intent of what the person is trying to achieve through their efforts.
You can call it “Integration of Work and Life vision” beyond earning a living and doing the minimum needed to be done to hold a job.
As a leader, you can help people achieve meaningfulness at work, by having a vision of broader impact, personal and professional growth for them and improvement in quality of life for all involved.
As much as we want we can be obsessed with numbers and goals, they don’t really excite people. What excites people is making an impact and growing. With that in mind, it is better to have “vision, impact, and mission” light conversations rather than have a project and goal planning meetings on Mondays.
Social Connect and Support
The main reason why the concept of TGIF exists is “The social disconnectedness” at work. This disconnectedness “deadens our spirit” and “tires us” and we feel the need to “recuperate” (or shall I say escape from it all) on weekends.
The way to break this cycle is to create a “culture of positive connectedness” at work. A culture where people appreciate people and their efforts – not with bonuses – but frequent authentic words of appreciation. Where people support each other in learning and growth and where all keep the “human impact” of their work at the center of their work week. Where people don’t just communicate always “with purpose” but also connect at individuals and take the time to acknowledge individuals, their strengths and uniqueness.
Before the mega project management era, people got immediate satisfaction from the work they did. Today, the real impact of our work is not seen often for months and years. Add to that, the constant mindset of “there is a lot to do” that project management drives, there is simply no let down in pressure and time to celebrate small wins. This eats into motivation and excitement of people.
What if we made Friday’s a time to celebrate small victory’s? That would not only make Friday’s great but even make Monday’s exciting and energizing towards the long term vision.