What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

Catherine Bailey, Adrian Madden

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Abstract

Meaningful work is something we all want. The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl famously described how the innate human quest for meaning is so strong that, even in the direst circumstances, people seek out their purpose in life. More recently, researchers have shown meaningfulness to be more important to employees than any other aspect of work, including pay and rewards, opportunities for promotion, or working conditions. Meaningful work can be highly motivational, leading to improved performance, commitment, and satisfaction. But, so far, surprisingly little research has explored where and how people find their work meaningful and the role that leaders can play in this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalMIT Sloan Management Review
Volume57
Issue number4
Early online date1 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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