Work isn’t meant to be empty. It’s meant to connect our skills and passion to someone else’s need, and when that happens, our work matters. It becomes meaningful in ways that engage us in mind, heart and soul!
The Trap of Doing
I see amazing people where I work. I see medical staff who have a list of procedures to tackle each shift that would likely make my mind melt, but I love to watch them step outside their processes and engage the people they serve. I see hand holding. I get to see busy care workers sitting close and listening as one of their charges shares a random story or event of their day. I see food being served with care and love. Smiles!
Then I see others who get sucked into their task list. They don’t make eye contact – too busy for that. They don’t see the lady sitting in the corner, her head down all by herself. And because they didn’t see her, they didn’t stop to see what was wrong or just to say hello.
The care worker finished the task on the procedure chart, and maybe it was a vital thing to do. Maybe it was time sensitive. Maybe they were keeping a supervisor happy, but they missed an opportunity to matter to someone they are there to serve.
Taking time to matter to someone you serve doesn’t have to break a process on your to do list. It should become a part of it!
How can you take or make more time to matter to someone else today?