10 Steps to Fulfilment at Work

A Blueprint for Better Business believes there is unrealised potential within the UK workforce; manifested as low productivity, lack of engagement and unfulfilled people.

From an individual’s perspective, feeling unfulfilled is demoralising and can affect both mental health and job performance: issues which are relevant for organisational success too. Our ’10 Steps to Fulfilment at Work’ campaign lists ten simple and practical steps which anyone can take, to help feel more engaged and motivated during the day-to-day.

The steps are derived from the Blueprint Principles & Framework and are supported by a number of senior business leaders and experts in management, psychology, sustainability & consultancy. Please see below for links to the published content.

Everything listed on this page is free to use and disseminate. For further information, or to request original copies or high-resolution images and video, please contact Amelia Watts

Step 1: Stop managing, start supporting
Fulfilling management is about helping those around you to reach their potential. 

Julia Rebholz, a Blueprint senior adviser, wrote an opinion piece in People Management for us on this theme, entitled
“Management is broken – here’s how we can fix it.”

Read it here
Step 2: Find your purpose at work
Finding your purpose can help you to feel more fulfilled.

To find your purpose at work, complete this quiz.

To delve a bit deeper into discovering your own personal purpose, please download the worksheet attached below.

Download the worksheet
Step 3: Seek inspiration from new places
Getting away from your desk and experiencing art, culture, music and travel can help to spark inspiration and enable you to think about your work from a new perspective.

Listen to our podcast – hosted by Russell Goldsmith and recorded in the Tate Modern.

Step 4: Be less anxious about giving feedback
Giving feedback is often more daunting than fulfilling. 

Vicky Grinnell-Wright, Blueprint’s former Head of Corporate Engagement, and Sarah Rozenthuler, a chartered psychologist and author of ‘Life Changing Conversations’, teamed up to offer some top tips about how to improve the process.

Read the article here
Step 5: Slow down to speed up
People are more fulfilled and businesses are more effective when action is deliberate and conscious. 

Charles Wookey wrote a blog for HR Director, describing the experience of the Blueprint team in trying to ‘Slow Down to Speed Up’.

Tops tips for slowing down
Step 6: Make time for others
Our survey of 1,000 business professionals found that only 34% of people think building relationships with colleagues is important: we often do it because we have to, rather than because we want to.

Building trust is key to feeling more fulfilled.

Read our seven tips here
Step 7: Do something outside your comfort zone
55% of professionals have witnessed or been asked to do things at work which caused them unease. 1 in 6 people have changed jobs for the same reason. Calling out decisions and behaviour that we don’t feel comfortable with can increase the propensity for fulfilment.

See the press coverage
Step 8: Realise your impact
We all create impact on the world around us – through our choices, relationships and behaviours we choose to inhabit. Realising this impact, and making efforts to increase the positive aspects, can help us all to feel more fulfilled.

Get the infographic
Step 9: Look for a new perspective
Informing our worldviews by actively seeking out different perspectives can open our eyes to new ways of doing things. Listening to people outside our ‘bubble’ can also help to build deeper relationships with colleagues, and cultivate a happier environment to work in.

Watch the video
Step 10: Bring your whole self to work
“While it might be best that some people leave their chaotic personal lives at the door, we should not be expected to hang up our basic human values and principles with our coats.” Charles Wookey writes about bringing your whole self to work.

Read the article