It’s no secret that helping people tap into what makes them feel engaged at work can boost morale and increase productivity. An engaged employee is more communicative, collaborative, and just plain happy. On the other hand, not-so-engaged employees may struggle to tap into their creativity, and have a hard time seeing the purpose in their work. But how important is it, really, to encourage employees to fulfill their personal interests and invest time in their passion projects outside of the office? The answer: very.
It turns out that supporting employees with endeavors that might have nothing to do with their job titles comes with a host of benefits for workers and bosses alike. Engagement in a passion project has been found to help workers reduce stress, boost energy levels, and switch “off” the workday when they leave the office — which allows them to return more refreshed and inspired the next day.
If you’re a manager looking to support your employees’ passion projects but aren’t sure where to start, these simple strategies will help.
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