According to every national survey I have read, from Gallup to Northwestern to Pew Research, most Americans don’t like their job… and they certainly don’t look forward to going to work on Mondays. Many college grads I work with want to get a job, make lots of money and retire by age 35. What’s the implication? They want to stop “work” so they can do something they want to do.
My question is: Why not get a job you don’t want to retire from? How about working somewhere that you can use your God-given gifts and believe it matters? As my friend, David Salyers says, “Lots of people in organizations HAVE a mission. Very few people are ON a mission.” David is the Vice President of Marketing at Chick-fil-A, a quick service restaurant chain. Often, people view “fast food” as the bottom of the totem pole in terms of platforms for work. But he, and just about everyone else I know who works with him, see their job as a great place to influence the world.
Back in 1982, Chick-fil-A was suffering. The economy was horrible (just like today) and sales were down. That’s when founder, Truett Cathy, took his executive team away to create a purpose statement. That team came up with this purpose: “Our purpose is to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that’s been entrusted to us and to positively influence all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” Suddenly, sales went up and morale went up because everyone had a purpose they could buy into. Everyone saw the big picture. They became people who were “on a mission.”
How about you? What’s your bigger picture purpose or mission to the work you do?