Making an Impact at Work: Why it Matters and How to Do It

Where is purpose derived from in the workplace? According to Imperative, purpose comes from the relationships we form, the impact we have, and the personal growth we experience. This is the second entry in Operation Warm’s three-part series on finding purpose in the workplace through Relationships, Impact, and Growth (RIG). Today, we’ll focus on impact. See part one on relationships here and part three on growth here.

People strive to make an impact on their workplace. It is human nature to ‘leave our mark’ and make the world a better place than we found it. This can be done in many ways big and small.

  1. Positive Attitude – having a positive attitude at work will immediately boost your organizational culture and the overall vibe of your environment. This is because humans are prone to mirroring This means when we speak with someone we will often subconsciously imitate their gestures, speech patterns, and attitude. If you are happy at work, chances are that will spread to others as well.
  2. Giving – “Most people would think that if you make more money you are going to be a lot happier,” said Michael Norton, a professor at Harvard Business School. “Our results, and a lot of other people’s results, show that making more money makes you a little bit happier, but doesn’t really have a huge impact on you. Our studies suggest maybe that little changes in how you spend it make a difference.”
  3. Volunteering – Volunteering as a company is a great team building activity that will make everyone feel good. Volunteering can also help attract and retain new employees, improve the culture of an organization and help strengthen the company’s values.
  4. Lighting – Lighting plays a vital role in workers’ performance and attitude. An article by MBA@UNC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler’s online MBA program, states that exposure to natural light improves mood and energy, greatly impacting focus and productivity. If there are windows in your space, pull up the blinds. You may find people more positive and productive.
  5. Communication – Take a few minutes out of your day to engage in non-work related conversation with a coworker. You may find you have more in common than you thought. Opening the communication channels can improve the overall culture at an organization.


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