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Leadership and management are everything in the business world. What more? Leadership and management can be a tactical approach to winning in the corporate world. Conversely, where leadership and management styles are poor or inefficient it can certainly affect the productivity and efficiency of your business. To boost employee engagement at the workplace, an easy way is to first look to eliminate the meaningless work that your team engages in.
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This article shows the 3 ways leaders can effectively eliminate meaningless work and boost Employee engagement
  • Promote Problem Solving Mindset

One of the most identified problems of meaninglessness in the workplace is how employees are not encouraged to contribute or have input in the decision-making process. In a place where employees are treated as zombies or robots whose sole job is to deliver, there is no way they can bring value to problem-solving situations. Making your employees garbage-in, garbage-out machines where is zero expectation for independent thinking and action can create a lot of meaninglessness in the workplace.   To combat this, leaders should encourage their team to have a problem-solving mindset and promote a solution-oriented culture. When this is done, you are discouraging dormancy, and you creating expectations that spur your employees to add value to your company and bring more to the table.
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Instead of having them render complaints whenever they are faced with any kind of challenges, even the littlest of them, an atmosphere that encourages a problem-solving mindset will motivate independent thinking and action among your workforce.
  • Communicate With Purpose

When employees do not understand what and why they are working in an organization, they may lack a sense of purpose. This can lead to meaninglessness in the workplace. Meaningless work often thrives when employees do not understand the bigger picture, where they don’t see the vision. Therefore, it is the role of an effective leader to communicate the value and purpose of their work as a means to engage them in their work. Furthermore, to ensure that employees work with a sense of purpose and deploy their problem-solving mindset to work, leaders must provide them with vision and practical guidance.
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By properly communicating the higher purpose of the team and individuals, employees can aspire to improve and rise above their defined roles.
  • Encourage a Flexible Workplace

An organization that is befuddled with bottlenecks and red-tapism can make employees who are creative feel trapped. However, where there is workplace flexibility which allows for employees to pursue personal projects within the workplace, just like Google, it can lead to a purposeful workplace.  Allowing for constructive deviance is another way to motivate employees. This goes a long way in improving employees’ problem-solving mindset. Furthermore, reducing any form of micro-management can ease the burden on employees, which can help them focus on deploying their value effectively without undue pressure. Therefore, learn how to outsource certain tasks to professionals where there is a shortage of in-house manpower.  Featured Image Source: Business Insider
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This article was first published on 23rd May 2022


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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