“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”. - Howard Thurman

In today’s rapid working life there is lots of factors influencing the way to succeed in careers, such as developing professional skills, having enthusiastic attitude, delivering high-quality service etc. On the other hand, continuous efficiency, development pressures, employees’ personality and moral valuations come along with the working life (Uusiautti & Määttä, 2011).

What is your goal of succeeding at work? Some people believe that achieving top-expertise in their professional field, trying to earn a living, or finding a way to enhance the quality of life can be the way to achieve success.

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Success is about competence, motivation, good performance, and positive strategies. As a consequence, those factors are also the key roles to support the problem-solving skills and the ability to act in an innovative way. - Uusiautti and Määttä (2015)

Richardson (1993) argued that the focus on psychology of working needs to be reframed, which includes statements such as moving the objective from career to working itself, embracing social constructionism, and thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Blustein (2013) pointed out that infusing a focus on values and morals into psychology-of-working is a good way to develop the contemporary perspective.


What do employees need most?

One of the most useful methods is to generate a confidential process to collect feedback and perceptions from the employees which gives employees an opportunity to say what they really want and what motivates them most. By doing so, the employers can provide the corresponding reward or offer to help their employees performing their roles effectively.

Another method is that organisations encourage and arrange trainings for their employees. From the employees' point of view, you can measure your job in 5 keys: the first one is the meaning of your job - does it mean something special for you; the second key is the autonomy which is a power to shape your work environment; next one is to find the opportunity to grow yourself. Besides, you can emphasise your impact on the organisation by performing positive and effective works. Lastly is the connection with your company. This is a way and the sense of belonging to make you feel secure and then you can work with an optimistic attitude which is the most essential to success.


  • Uusiautti, S., & Määttä, K. (2011). The Process of Becoming a Top Worker. International Education Studies, 4(4), 69-79.

  • Määttä, K. & Uusiautti, S. (2015), The Psychology of Becoming a Successful Worker, Routledge, East Sussex.

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