Work can and should be a time when you are working to bring meaning, fulfillment, and fun to the life you lead. When managers pair employees with meaningful and worthwhile work that is satisfying them, they will find the employees working with ho‘ohana; working with intent and purpose and in sync with the goals of the business.
Hana means work. Ho ‘o before any word adds causation to the work it precedes. So, ho’ohana is choosing work with intent, with resolve, with focus, and with determination. Ho‘ohana is choosing to work with your personal mission in mind. Thus, work in celebration of your natural strengths, talents, and gifts. Love the work you do. Work to make a difference. Work to fulfill your personal mission. Work to leave a legacy. Work for yourself. How; by choosing the right work in the first place, and by working your dreams and hopes together with the goals and objectives set by your manager.
Work becomes personal when you work with ho‘ohana. It holds personal value. The time you are on the job becomes yours again. Encourage your employees to work on their personal goals while also working on the job. Your reward will be a self-motivated employee who tackles his or her work with enthusiasm. Of course, change is inevitable and ho’ohana evolves. Employees’ passions change. Great managers take time to listen to their employees, and help them evolve with the company. Work can and should be a time when you are working to bring meaning, fulfillment, and fun. Be a manager that helps others achieve ho’ohana.
CITE: MANAGING WITH ALOHA: Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business by Rosa Say