For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Creating Meaning and Purpose in Work"

by Steger, Michael F (2017)


This chapter reviews current theory, assessment, and research on meaningful work with the hopes that a better understanding might enable meaningful work to be cultivated and harnessed to maximize performance, build strong brands, nurture innovation, and benefit both employees and their host communities while they are at it. Building on a long tradition, recent years have been particularly exciting ones for meaningful work, with accelerating publication of research reports detailing the many desirable characteristics and outcomes linked to meaningful work. The chapter focuses on the relevant scholarship to review those qualities that characterize such meaning‐friendly conditions. First, meaningful work theory is reviewed to identify the major themes and dimensions of meaningful work. Second, meaningful work assessment is reviewed. Third, correlates, predictors, and benefits of meaningful work are reviewed. Fourth, practical recommendations for fostering meaningful work are suggested to guide individual workers, leaders, and organizations.


Meaningful Work, Meaning Of Work, Well-Being, Psychology


Meaningful Work

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