Meaningful Work

The increasing recognition and popularity of positive psychology has led organizational researchers to investigate and understand employee happiness and other positive emotions. Applied to health and well-being of workers, positive psychology suggests that well-being is something other than simply the absence of illness.

There exists, however, a dichotomy in the definition of well-being. One approach is the hedonic view of well-being and emphasizes such experiences as pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, and the presence of a positive mood; this approach has dominated the work and well-being literature. The other view of well-being emphasizes experiences of greater depth such as meaning, purpose, or calling.

We’re working to understand how employees find a sense of meaning or fulfillment from their work.

Designing jobs that enhance purpose or significance can dramatically enhance individual outcomes and performance. Not only has meaningful work gained popularity among scholars, but practitioners suggest that meaningful experience at work is a common feature among the most successful and innovative companies.

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