Articles

November 3rd, 2014

Seeing Purpose in the Mundane

Current Charlotte Fellow Emily Ann Higginbotham writes about a recent experience at work... Being an intern at a financial firm has given me incredible exposure to the ins and outs of wealth management. It has also afforded me prolonged exposure to the copy machine, the supply...

August 8th, 2014

Joyless, Meaningless Work is Unhealthy

A recent study found that the majority of Americans (52.3%) are unhappy in their work. This sad statistic is doubly troubling in light of numerous other studies which report that happy people are healthier people and they live longer. It’s not a big leap to see that being unhappy in our...

via Bill Peel
July 14th, 2014

It Takes a Team

Recently I heard this behind-the-scenes story about a company that had enjoyed notable success and is now struggling to survive. A former employee told me that he and other high-performers had worked their tails off, adding millions to the company’s bottom line. Yet the company’s president...

June 20th, 2014

Employee Engagement Begins in College

The fact that 70% of the American workforce is disengaged from their work is disconcerting on a number of levels. A Gallup study of over 30,000 college graduates found a profound link to long-time success in work engagement and life well-being that begins at the university. Two key findings...

via Bill Peel
June 19th, 2014

Why People Hate Work & How That Can Change

“The way we’re working isn’t working,” say Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath in a New York Times article, “Why You Hate Work.”  Middle managers, as well as top-level executives reported: They don’t feel appreciated. They find it difficult to accomplish the most important work amid...

via Bill Peel
June 19th, 2014

God Wants You to Work Like a Dog

Our two border collies often remind me of the connection between satisfying work and energizing joy. Although our pets are past their prime, they behave like pups when the opportunity arises to do their “work” of herding and running off would-be predators that could harm their “flock”—which...

November 10th, 2013

Foster a Culture of Gratitude

Research shows that employees who feel valued, they have high job satisfaction, are willing to work longer hours, engage in productive relationships with co-workers and supervisors, are motivated to do their best, and work towards achieving the company’s goals. The opposite is also true....

January 1st, 2013

How Busy Colleagues Spread Secondhand Stress

Every office has (at least) one—a colleague who is always walking fast, finishing other people's sentences and racing from meeting to meeting while fielding email, texts and voice mail on multiple devices. Sue Shellenbarger reports about how such busyness causes office stress—and can also...

via Bill Peel
August 8th, 2012

Spiritual Health Assessment

Do you believe there is a spiritual difference between your work and the work of your pastor? In other words, do you believe pastors and other full-time ministry professionals have a higher calling? A word of caution for those who answer Yes: You are placing yourself in a...

January 31st, 2012

Job Satisfaction Linked to Finding Meaning in Your Work

Commitment to a goal beyond self-promotion can help workers manage stress levels, according to John Weaver, a psychologist at Psychology For Business, a Brookfield, Wis.-based employment consultancy. Read what Weaver and other experts say can help workers take control of their happiness at...