I love my job. Â Not everyone can say that, but I can. Â I mean I really love my job. Â I love getting up and going to work. Â And if I didn’t have an amazing family at home, I might just be tempted to make my office my home.
But again, not everyone loves their job as much as I do. Â It’s tough for them to get motivated in the morning and head out the door to work. Â Recently I came across a study in the book Linchpin which talked about why some people get motivated for work, and some don’t, which got me thinking about why I love working at the church so much.
Trying to find out what motivates people at work, Richard Florida did an experiment onÂ 20,000 business professionals. Â He asked these professionals to choose what motivates them the most. Â From theirÂ responsesÂ he determined the top 10 factors that motivate people at work. Â What is amazing is that my job has all 10 of these….
1. Challenge & Responsibility -Â Everyday presents new challenges. Â One of the things I love most about my job is working with people, but it is also one of the more challenging aspects of working at the church as well. Â I am challenged to find new ways to help people grow in their relationship with God, with others, and in their personal lives.
2. Flexibility -Â There are quite a few things that fall under my job description. Â But for everything I am asked to do I am given quite a bit of latitude in how I go about it. Â I have never been required to teach a certain curriculum in kid’s church or do things a certain way. Â Flexibility allows me to do what I am asked to do, and still be authentically me.
3. A Stable Work Environment -Â What can I say…I work at a rockin’ church, with an awesome church family, and everyday I go to work with a great team. Â Things are good, and growing.
4. Money -Â Money is not why I chose my career path, but it is nice to be at a church that values the staff and takes care of them. Â Even more than for myself, I appreicate it for my family.
5. Professional Development -Â Every year I get to go to at least one conference. Â The church is also good about making sure Â have access to new ideas through publications, and other leadership materials. Â I never feel like I am under-resourced.
6. Peer Recognition -Â Again, it is great to be a part of a team. Â We all have each others backs and cheer each other on. Â We realize that when one of us wins, we all win. Â There is never competition to the point where we hope our teammates fail, so that we look good. Â I want to see my team succeed, and I know they want to see me succeed as well.
7. StimulatingÂ ColleaguesÂ and Bosses -Â Everyday these guys press me to be better than I already am.
8. Exciting Job Content -Â It doesn’t get better than seeing people coming to Christ. Â Then seeing people turn their lives around. Â Then seeing them stay sober, their marriage restored, their relationship with their kids renewed, accomplish things they never thought they could before.
9. Organizational Structure -Â Calvary has a great leadership team, awesome ministry leaders, clear direction an values, and an unalterable desire to worship God and love people.
10. Location and Community -Â I love where I am at on the North Shore of Boston (although it is a long way from family and home). Â But more than the physical Â neighbored community, what I love the most is the church community.
Are you a boss or a leader? Â If so, does your team environment get people motivated…or make it hard for them to get out of bed?