This blog was originally published as a guest blog for Rapal on September 14, 2018. The author is Tiia Rauhamäki, Concept Manager for Workspace Solutions at Technopolis.
We all deserve some creativity and inspiration in our everyday lives, also in our jobs. In this blog, Tiia Rauhamäki, an expert in workplace design, challenges us to take control of our everyday lives, find that missing spark and feel passionate about our work again.
The concepts of creativity and passion stir up all kinds of feelings. We are often interested in the escapades of creative professionals and admire their work. It is easy to think that someone who creates music for a living is somehow privileged. At the same time, many feel that their own lives are far from creative. Work especially is often seen as monotonous and mechanical.
Many seem to think that they are not innately creative, let alone passionate. I want to prove this belief wrong. Everyone can be these things, if they wish.
“What is the strength that drives you?”
A year ago, I was in search of anything that would bring inspiration to my life. Should I take song lessons? Or learn to dance? Anything that would take my thoughts away from my everyday life and put the spark back into my life. I didn’t realize that my work as a sales person was creative and full of possibilities, if only I had thought about it differently.
Then, as I was reading an article about creativity, I had an epiphany. It sounds like a cliché, I know, but happiness is born in everyday life. I remembered that passion isn’t something that only takes place outside work or during holidays. If all the pressure of self-expression is focused on one week of winter holidays, things can only go wrong. It is possible to include tasks you feel passionate about in your everyday life. You just need to recognize them and be true to yourself. What brings you pleasure? What is the strength that drives you?
I’d start, however, by determining who is controlling my everyday life and work. Or am I actually responsible for my own development? If you feel that work is only something that needs to be done, challenge your employer to assign tasks that you believe could give you a new kind of satisfaction. A wise manager takes this as a positive challenge and a display of trust. Would you like to write posts for the company’s blog, for example? Or perhaps you want to have a brand-new job description? It is important to identify the tasks that you feel will make you shine and develop. When you open up honestly and express what you feel passionate about, your life gets a positive boost. The quality of your everyday life improves, and you get to enjoy life more thoroughly.
You could also review your role within the work community from a fresh point of view. The advancement of digitalization and artificial intelligence challenges us all to think about future tasks. It is estimated that, in the future, the number of creative tasks will increase in relation to manual labor. It helps if you can already adjust yourself mentally to this prospect and find the ability to transform and be curious about the future. And best of all – all of this could happen with support from your own work community. Not to forget the sensational feeling of excelling at work and being an important piece of a greater puzzle. A brand new adjustable office chair and recreational activities are great, but based on my experience, they do not motivate forever. Real and actually meaningful sources for inspiration are found internally.
Thus, I challenge supervisors and personnel managers, in particular, to support their employees in identifying their passions. Aim for a creative atmosphere at the workplace, and question conventional routines. I strongly believe that this approach increases job satisfaction, respect and fuels that burning passion necessary for success in each company.
Tiia Rauhamäki works for Technopolis as a Concept Manager in the area of Workspace Solutions. Tiia’s special interests include human beings, workspace functionality and well-being at work. Read more about her thoughts on workspaces.