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The Cost of Not Mattering at Work

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A couple of years ago, a supervisor asked me to work with a group of supposedly “unmotivated” maintenance workers. One of their daily summer responsibilities was washing the buildings’ bottom floor windows in a large complex. I interviewed each employee and asked, “If you were running this place, what would you do differently?” These were … Read more

Why Don’t Some Leaders Care? 5 Barriers to Caring at Work and How to Overcome Them

Why leaders don't care. 5 Barriers to caring at work.

There’s no shortage of “be caring” advice for leaders — and for a good reason. Surveys show that about 50% of people don’t feel valued at work, almost 30% feel “invisible,” and just 24% think their employer cares about their well-being. For organizations, the caring deficit is consequential. Feeling disrespected and undervalued can be almost ten times more predictive of turnover than … Read more

How to Create Mattering at Work

Mattering at Work Zach Mercurio

Last month, the U.S. Surgeon General named “mattering at work” a top priority for improving mental health. The announcement reaffirms what we’ve known for many years: Mattering and well-being are inseparable, especially where humans spend 35% of their waking lives. The official call to prioritize mattering at work is the culmination of several conspiring forces … Read more