In case you didn’t know it, your people don’t really care about engagement. That’s for bosses – not employees. Everyone cares about Work Joy, though!

Who doesn’t want to find joy in their work?

Especially when Work Joy spills over to home and becomes Life Joy too.

Oh yeah – one more thing: when you shift up Work Joy you shift up your bottom line!

That goes for you personally, as well as your business or organization – which, according to Gallup, can be as much as $2,400 per employee per year, to be exact.

Great news, right? Except for one small problem: most people don’t really know how to create and sustain it, even though it’s almost as easy as 1,2,3.

Check out these three Work Joy non-negotiables (the things Millennials will not work without) and see if these are things that matter to you and contribute to your Work Joy:

2. Being part of an interdependent team

Did you know that 88% of all Millennials will not fully engage unless they have collaborative, interdependent working relationships and teams?

Of course, this is easier said than done – because each person must choose interdependence for him or herself (hint: you can’t make someone be interdependent).

Do you know how to increase the likelihood that others will choose Interdependence?

Do you know what it takes to strategically take yourself there? This is the first step: “You can’t lift someone else if you’re not on higher ground!” (Harold B. Lee).

1. The chance to use strengths effectively.

Given all the research about strengths, you might not be surprised to learn that 83% of all Millennials say they cannot be fully “in” without fully bringing the best of themselves to their role.

How is that any different than you?

I bet you want to give your gifts, too, and to do so in a way that makes a real difference.

The question is, do you know how to do that? Do you know how to ensure that your biggest strengths don’t turn into your biggest weaknesses?

After all, this happens to most people – and is one of the biggest reasons people spend more time in depletion than in Work Joy!

3. The burn to live on purpose – and work with others who also do.

You gotta’ love the fact that 84% of the rising generation of future leaders say that they will not surrender their time to simply punch a clock in exchange for a paycheck.

They want to know that their work has meaning and that they are part of something infinitely bigger.

They believe that they have a special purpose, a mission that is as unique to them as their fingerprint – and they are not content until they find it and share it.

The question is, do you know how to help them find their purpose? More importantly, are you clear about your deeper purpose?

Funny thing, but it seems that finding one’s deeper purpose is more of a human hunger than a Millennial one, just as is the need for real interdependent relationships, and the chance to give one’s strengths to make a difference.

Perhaps it is the Millennial generation, the group that will be 75% of the workforce in the next few years, that will finally restore Work Joy back into the work place.

Wouldn’t that be something?

What would be different for you and your organization if you experienced Work Joy every single day?

DeAnna Murphy is the author of Shift Up! Strengths Strategies for Optimal Living (available on DeAnna is a Top 100 Global Coaching Leader. She is the CEO of People Acuity, which has a presence in 34 countries.

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