It’s the age old question in business: does passion lead to productivity? There is no concrete answer. In fact, many businesses still debate the topic. What is not in question, however, is that passion for something implies that a person is enthusiastic about it. It would stand to reason, then, that someone who is passionate would be more productive, would it not?
Most businesses and organizations would say yes. When an employee is passionate, their work ethic increases. They are more apt to get things done on time and within scope. When a person feels strongly about something, he or she is more likely going to act in a greater capacity. While action does not necessarily mean the outcome is productive, it does mean there is an abundance of outcomes. More work, more choices, more solutions. That sounds like productivity.
Passion in the workplace can be determined by many factors. One that is widely agreed upon is culture. The culture of a working environment starts from the top and trickles down. Employees need to feel that they are doing work for someone who appreciates not only the work being done, but the cause itself. A passionate leader is more likely to have a passionate workforce. Among other methods to enhance workplace culture, fostering creativity is a proven way to get the desired result. Keeping up with information technology and training employees is another wise practice.
Culture is not solely dependent upon the leader, though. It takes a village, as they say, and employees have just as much at stake in contributing to it. An employee can easily choose to find at least one aspect of the workplace favorable, and build upon that aspect. It is our responsibility as leaders and workers to choose happiness where we can.
So what does all this mean to you? The answer is simple: find something small each day to be passionate about in your work or workplace. Whether it is a particular client that makes you smile, an employee that exceeds expectation, or the view from your office window, build upon that morsel. Keep employees up to date on their training (we can help with that at Interpreter Education Online), and find something to appreciate each day! For more information or to share your thoughts, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn pages today!