Mission Possible: The Surprising Impact of Employee/Organization Connectedness

The following article was published in the October 2012 issue of Supervision Magazine.

"I am so proud to work for such a wonderful company! My passion and dedication is in direct alignment with the Mission Statement. I am a very happy employee."

"I'm glad I finally found an employer where I have the opportunity to make a difference consistent with the mission of the organization."

"I have continually felt supported by my company, especially by feeling aligned with our mission and values."

These are sentiments from three of the more than 4,000 U.S. employees who responded to a survey about the connections between well-being and work. The survey provided new insight into the importance of employee/organizational connectedness, and the crucial link between an employee's connection to the mission and his or her performance.

Employees with a strong connection to their organization's mission look dramatically different from their less-connected peers; they're more positive and committed. The survey findings elucidate how this connection positively impacts four major indicators of a great workplace: job satisfaction, employee engagement, retention, and positive supervisor ratings.   In this article you will find data on each of these important areas of workplace management and leadership as well as an action plan for increasing connection to mission in your workplace. Below is a comparison of survey respondents who "agree" or "strongly agree" that the mission of their organization makes them feel their job is important (mission strong respondents) with those who "disagree" or "strongly disagree" (mission weak respondents).

Read the full article here.