Title

Work Namaste: The Importance of Mattering at Work, and How a Leader Can Create an Environment Where Employees Feel They and Their Work Matter

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

1-1-2018

Abstract

The concept of mattering is an underdeveloped, yet important component of an employee’s success in the workplace, and personal well-being. Deficit-based leadership strategies employed by many organizations can break-down the ability for an employee to feel that they and their work matter, however, the focus by leaders on mattering can lead employees to feel: my leader is invested in my success, I am noticed, I am cared about, I am depended upon, I would be missed if I were not here, my leader is interested in what I say and do, I am appreciated, and I am noticed for my unique strengths. And through a focus on mattering, employees could also know and feel recognized for the impact of their work on the organization, and in society; and leaders can grow their employee’s capability to flourish, thus increasing work effectiveness and performance. The opportunities to experiment and the tactics to create a culture of mattering through the customized definition outlined in this paper called work namaste are endless. This paper will provide a framework for leadership training programs on mattering as well as coaching exercises for leaders to utilize. Leaders can use work namaste as a playground for creating human flourishing and achieving organizational goals.

Keywords

Mattering, Organizations, Work, Leadership, Business

Topic

Business/Work, Counseling/Coaching

Format

Literature Review

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Date Posted: 25 September 2018