Sense of purpose – exploring different types of purpose and how a sense of purpose bonds like-minded people


Relationships are a core part of working. Having healthy relationships helps build a healthy team. More recently there have been lots of people having to adapt how they live, lots of different levels of anxiety over illness and different, possibly lonely, working conditions that can cause a decline in mental health.

There are few steps that help you to improve your mental health, including being open about your feelings, eating and exercising well, asking for help and caring for others. One step to improving mental health in the workplace is to understand what your purpose is and help others understand their value within the team. Support and listen to each other, know what you and your team are good at and encourage positive behaviour.

Here is an activity for you to think about and complete to explore your sense of purpose and that of your team:

Your purpose is your reason for being, your mission in life, vision and passion; incorporates your need for significance. 

What words or phrases describe the principles and beliefs which are important to you?

Turn the above into confident statements you can make about yourself – make them personal, visual and emotional and write in the present tense.

e.g. “I actively seek out new sources of learning”.

Every individual within your organisation comes with their own set of beliefs or principles, they may be similar to yours, or they may be radically different. Within the workplace each individual has a different purpose. Within an organisation with a clear vision and core values, each individual’s purpose, in the end, is to work towards the same organisational vision, creating a sense of purpose.

What prevents a sense of purpose within your organisation?

What can be done to create a sense of purpose within your organisation?

If you need further support, Keyturn are here to help. Please contact us on or call us on 01788 815500. The content of the blog forms part of our ‘Relationship Module’ programme, to find out more about this programme please click here.