Happiness at work? Seek out deeper engagement, Jenny Perkins from Cirrus tells The Metro.

Jenny Perkins, head of engagement at leadership, talent and engagement consultancy Cirrus, says chasing feelings of happiness for your employees is futile, and that deeper engagement should be sought instead.

“Many employers provide benefits such as fruit and social events in the hope that they will make people feel more engaged. these are often lovely perks to have and can make people feel very happy as long as they’re available,” she says. “Sometimes, if a company is going through a rough patch, the fruit bowl may not always be full and the social events might dry up. If your people are deeply engaged, they’re more likely not to mind too much – because nice as the nights out and the fruit bowl are, they will never provide real meaning.

Real meaning is the foundation of engagement. If work is to have meaning for us, it needs to have purpose, and we need to feel rewarded. Whatever your organisation’s purpose, if senior leaders can communicate it with passion, employees are more likely to buy into it.”

© The Metro 2020

“As remote working continues, trust is key to maintaining momentum.” Read more from Jenny in People Management.

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