Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work

Summary.   What are we really searching for when we say we want more “meaning” at work, and how does it differ from happiness? Philosophers, scholars, artists, and social psychologists have struggled to come up with an answer to that question for years. According to research by psychologist Roy Baumeister and colleagues, five factors differentiate meaning and happiness. […]

The Why Of Work: Purpose And Meaning Really Do Matter

People are more likely to thrive when their work has clear purpose and meaning.PEXELS Why? It’s a question all of us should ask ourselves. Why do we do what we do? In particular, why do we do the work that, for many of us, occupies most of our waking hours for our entire adult lives? […]

7 Ways to Find Meaning at Work

Several years ago, Gallup asked people in 142 countries to respond to a series of statements designed to measure employee engagement—involving matters like their job satisfaction, whether they felt their work was important, and whether they had opportunities in the workplace to learn and grow. What the polling firm found was that engagement is the exception, not the rule: […]

Why Finding Meaning At Work Is More Important Than Feeling Happy

Get off the monotonous treadmill of your job, and seek a different running path of meaning on your journey toward career satisfaction. “I just want to be happy.” We have all said it at one time or another. The wish for happiness is one of our most widely held goals in life. But here’s the […]

Eight Ways to Find More Meaning at Work

Do you experience meaning at work—or just emptiness? In the United States people spend on average 35-40 hours working every week. That’s some 80,000 hours during a career—more time than you will spend with your kids, probably.  Beyond the paycheck, what does work give you? Few questions could be more important. It is sad to walk through […]

How leaders kill meaning at work

Senior executives routinely undermine creativity, productivity, and commitment by damaging the inner work lives of their employees in four avoidable ways. As a senior executive, you may think you know what Job Number 1 is: developing a killer strategy. In fact, this is only Job 1a. You have a second, equally important task. Call it […]