I’d worked in a Marketing Agency for most of my twenties. I was young, fresh out of University and eager to learn my trade. The agency world was brilliant. I thrived on the pace, the constant pitching, meeting tight deadlines and winning business. My reward was a great work social life, good bonuses and I was quickly climbing the career ladder.
I’m now in my mid-thirties. I’m married and a father. My life has changed gear and I now work in a large corporate environment which gives me the stability and steadier pace I need now. There is an annual employee engagement survey which is ok for the high-level stuff but I’ve never felt that it actually addresses the niggles and issues I have with my own role. There were a few good things that came out of it last year, such as flexible working hours, but still I have my own personal frustrations that I don’t know what to do with. I have regular training and access to a mentor but I never really sit down and think – or indeed speak to anyone including my line manager about what it is that motivates me at work. It was always assumed by the organisation that it was all about pay rises, bonuses and the next step up. I thought it was too - until I met Work-Happy!
By working through the motivation journey, I actually took the time to properly reflect on who I am now and what I actually want from work. It was surprising and liberating. It took a bit of time and felt a bit strange as I hadn’t thought about this stuff for years, but the process of being guided through a set of questions enabled me to understand myself better. Through Work-Happy, I felt like I was getting to know myself again! I found that what motivates me at work isn’t money, or career progression it’s actually team work and the achievement of a challenge together. This is the thing that I used to relish in my very first job in the marketing agency but had since disappeared. I’ve set myself a task through Work-Happy to speak to my line manager in my next catch up to understand how I can start to deliver some of my work as part of a team.