Managers must have a basic understanding of human behavior, and how experiencing positive emotions is at the root of human motivation — we are wired for it. That means knowing what makes people tick and what inspires them to perform their jobs at a high level. This helps to explain why your people may be quitting. It comes down to five words: Lack of meaning and purpose.

Why you need meaning and purpose in your work.

Dr. Steve Taylor, writing for Psychology Today, states “The need for purpose is one the defining characteristics of human beings. Human beings crave purpose, and suffer serious psychological difficulties when we don’t have it. Purpose is a fundamental component of a fulfilling life.”

A practical solution.

It would behoove managers to learn the strengths, gifts and talents of their employees and craft and assign meaningful work beyond a static job description.

Bringing it home.

We spend at least one-third of our lives on the job. And jobs should exist beyond just collecting a paycheck. (that’s the extrinsic, carrot-and-stick method of motivation, and it’s been proven as unsustainable).

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