A retreat can be a good way to check in with individual team members and dig deeper to customize their job experience.
Job sculpting is the art of structuring a person’s job so that they are doing more of what turns them on and less of what frustrates them. If you can forge a career path that is aligned with a person’s deeply embedded life interests they will be happier and more engaged.
But this takes time— time for people to identify what their deeply embedded interests are and time for executives to really listen to and understand the needs of people. And, it takes time to sculpt a job that meets the needs of the company as well as the person. If you take away parts of a job a person dislikes, you have to find someone else who is excited about taking them on.
Leaders must become both detectives and psychologists. The ones who do this well frequently checkin with people. This is a major reason why they have a strategic competitive advantage in attracting and retaining great talent.
Doing a job you love contributes to your well-being and according to a recent Forbes article, 89 percent of employees at companies with well-being initiatives such as job sculpting are more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work.
While this process might not be completed at a company retreat, getting away is a great way to kick-start these conversations. It gives individuals and teams uninterrupted time to get the ball rolling and “chew” on some really important questions. Here are some questions to launch the discussion:
- What kind of activities come natural to you? What are you inherently good at?
- What makes you passionate?
- What kind of people do you like to work with? What kind of environment?
- What do you want to get better at?
- What parts of your job bring you joy and fulfillment?
- What parts of your job do you find frustrating and draining?
- If you were doing your dream job, making a significant contribution, what would it entail?
If job sculpting is a way to invest in your team’s engagement and wellness, the business results are compelling. The same Forbes article indicated that impassioned people who show up to work every day fully awake and firing on all cylinders contribute 21 percent more profitability for the company. People who feel seen and heard, because you check-in with them frequently, are 4.6 times more likely to do their best work.