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There are two simple words that have the power to completely change one’s approach to work and life forever. These words have the potential to evoke fulfillment, enhance productivity, and create daily peace of mind.
You may have found yourself saying some of these already today:
We act as if we don’t have a choice, as if we are imprisoned by people or a system forcing us to do things we don’t want to do. In reality, we do have a choice. We have the freedom to choose our actions, our profession, our financial needs, and the path of our life. Each day is not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.
So, besides having a renewed sense of gratitude for being alive in a free world, why does this matter?
If you start to realize that your employees don’t have to come to work each day but instead choose to, there must be a reason for that decision. That reason is their “why”. As a leader, understanding each employee’s “why” will enable you to create a meaningful career path for them, empower them during times of burnout, and help them stay engaged. As your own leader, knowing your own “why” is essential for each of those situations as well.
Start with a simple exercise. Take out your pen, and write down your answer to this question: “What is your why?” It sounds like a big esoteric question, but why is it that you choose to go to work each day? Why do you choose this profession, instead of something else? Why do you choose the role you are in, as opposed to others?
Encourage yourself and others to press beyond the obvious answer of “I need to make money”. There are countless ways to earn a living; why have you chosen this one?
Once you begin to list all of your why’s, you will notice they fall in two categories. The first category is similar to Maslow’s lowest hierarcy of needs – food, water, shelter. “I’d like to be able to pay my mortgage.” “I want to send my children to college.” “My elderly parents will rely on me to provide for them.” “I have always dreamed of buying a vacation home.”
The second category recognizes that there is a bigger purpose, a desire to make a difference, and a need to higher meaning behind the choices we make. It’s these things that are connected to your overall purpose, your sense of contribution, and the most important aspect of your “why”. Both categories are important and not mutually exclusive. An individual who only cares about money will likely live with a void in their life, while an individual who is all about the big picture has their head in the clouds but lacks feet on the ground.
Having a deep understanding of your career’s purpose is equally as possible as meeting and exceeding financial goals. This exercise is around understanding both. If you, or your team, has a hard time articulating this purpose, give some additional guidance:
When is it important to go back to the “why”? Most of us get entrenched in the day to day routine of work, family, and life. We go through most days on auto-pilot, knowing what is expected and performing to that expectation. Connect the routine of your daily performance to the fulfillment of the “why” of your life purpose.
As a leader, when you know the “why” for members of your team, you can connect that “why” to their daily responsibilities and broader performance milestones. Every job has mundane or less desired tasks, but when the “why” is strong enough, there is meaning connected to even the most tedious of activities. Then the paradigm shifts:
There is an opportunity to connect purpose and meaning to each daily activity, and a choice to connect it. When the “why” is strong enough, there is no limit to what you, and those on your team, can achieve.
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Category : Engineering
Location/City : SC – Columbia
Recruiter Name : John Malloy
Recruiter Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruiter Phone : 262 966 2522
This first-rate opportunity is made possible by a promotion within the company. Our client is in need of a manufacturing engineer to support their production facility in the Columbia, SC area. This is a progressive company that encourages employees to advance within the organization and likes to promote from within. It could be an excellent next step in your career. They need someone with technical skill in process control and improvement who has experience working on the factory floor. Apply for more details.
Logistics & Accounting Department Support
We are seeking qualified candidates for immediate career opportunities with a world leader in transportation services and logistics.
There are three openings currently:
Outbound department personnel are responsible for tracking the containers for load planning, including size and contents for accuracy at the port. Ideally you will have strong Excel/Spreadsheet skills coupled with an ability to track large and diverse amounts of data and statistical information.
Traffic Control department is responsible to monitor and direct port side activity from live camera/video – Ongoing interaction with port personnel to direct equipment and manpower activities.
Logistics CSR – Working with clients and port personnel as well as rail, trucking contacts, and/or any other contact with direct interest in containers and their import/export destinations – ability to manage a high volume of calls and requires highly detailed follow through.
Payroll – This position demands a high attention to detail and above-average working knowledge of computers. A basic understanding of accounting principles is also necessary. Heavy data entry with extreme accuracy is essential. Unlike traditional payroll positions. No need for prior Payroll experience, training is offered.
Pay starting at $20/hr.
SSA Marine is well respected and well-known leader in the field and the top pick to build a career in terminal/port operations support in Utah.
SSA Marine and its affiliates operate more cargo terminals than any other company in the world.
They strive to ensure that their size and tremendous network of resources will bring value to customers.
SSA Marine provides a full spectrum of transportation services including:
Project development management
Off-dock yard operations
Few transportation service companies in the world extend as far and wide as SSA Marine, and they continue to look for new opportunities at ports and intermodal facilities around the world.
SSA offers excellent compensation and world class benefits – coupled with on the job training to assure individual success.
Starting compensation is $20/hourly based on interview and you can expect to see increases during the first 6 months based on performance, up to 50K annually.
The company also offers outstanding benefits, including unmatched 401K up to 13% and 100% family paid health benefits.
CSR for Logistics at port operations
Professional office environment
Must have a strong work history
Good Computer & Communication skills
For immediate consideration, please send resume to email@example.com
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