When employees feel love for what they do, magic happens. When employees are happy on the job, they’re more likely to stick around, meaning lower turnover and a crew that’s tight-knit and ready to tackle whatever challenges come their way. It’s all about creating a work environment where people genuinely enjoy showing up, putting in the effort, and feel like they’re making a real difference.

In 2009, Nancy McGaw launched Aspen’s First Movers Fellowship Program to support business innovators in creating impactful products and practices. Mentoring nearly 300 Fellows, her new book, “Making Work Matter,” shares their stories and offers practical guidance for those seeking greater meaning and impact in their work, fostering corporate cultures where such innovators can flourish.

In this episode, Nancy teaches:

  • How she encourages employees to look for opportunities within their company to create new services, products, or management practices that align with their skills and address problems that matter to them.
  • The importance of finding allies within an organization who share similar interests and can collaborate to bring about positive change.
  • The critical role of management in creating an environment where employees feel empowered to innovate and make meaningful contributions to the company’s objectives.
  • The significance of recognizing and appreciating employees’ efforts and contributions, which fosters a positive work culture and enhances employee engagement and satisfaction.

Here is an excerpt from Nancy’s book “Making Work Matter” https://ssir.org/books/excerpts/entry/making-work-matter-nancy-mcgaw