Encouraging Career Happiness In Your Team

What are you doing to become "career happy"?

Julie Bauke, Chief Career Happiness Officer at The Bauke Group and long-time career coach, explains that career happiness comes down to a simple formula, with four key aspects.

Julie encourages leaders to understand how their team members feel about each aspect, and to create an environment where employees feel safe to ask for more of what they love to do and to discuss the areas of their work that don’t bring them job satisfaction. This understanding is the first step in helping your team be most productive, efficient and “career happy.”
In all of my years in human resources leadership and in career coaching, I've learned that career happiness comes down to a simple formula. Doing what you like, hopefully what you love, what you're good at, maybe great at, what you can get paid to do, what there's demand for in the market, and what you can make the kind of living you need to make and in a place and a way you can be successful when it comes to culture. If you can get all four of those things rocking at the same time, you are career happy, and that's a beautiful thing.

So, for instance, as a leader, you can say to someone, “What would you like to do more of? What would you like to do less of? What are the things that are currently on your plate now that you'd never like to do again?” And it doesn't mean that we can make all of those dreams come true. But if you find out by asking those opened questions, and actually caring about the answer, and you find out that someone is doing this task over here that they absolutely hate and it's really, it's really kind of dragging them down in terms of their productivity, and maybe you have somebody else in your department who said they'd like to do more of that kind of stuff, perfect.

Until you really understand and make it safe for people to say, “I would be more productive and efficient here if I didn't have to do these reports every Friday because here's the scope of it, here's what it takes to get it done.” And you've got somebody over here who wants to learn about the reports. It's a great opportunity. So asking the questions, and not being afraid of the answers. When you say to someone, “What would you like to do more of, and what would you like to do less of?” you can preface it with, “I'm not saying I can make all these things happen, but I'm trying to understand which pieces of your job really give you great satisfaction and which ones don't.”

And we're so afraid to ask those questions because we think if we say it, then all of a sudden the career fairy's going to show up and make it come true. But it's really about being opened and interested in understanding what you could do, what you could pivot on, what you could help them pivot on or just tweak in their day-to-day jobs that would help get them closer to what's going to make them happy.

Julie Bauke

Julie Bauke is The Chief Career Happiness Officer of The Bauke Group. She is as serious about your Career Happiness as she is her own — and she is deadly serious about hers.

She started The Bauke Group after a lifetime of bel...

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