Beyond these benefits, it is becoming increasingly recognised that organisations have an ethical obligation to provide the basic conditions that cultivate a meaningful workplace.
Why? Because working in a meaningless role has been correlated to psychological suffering.
Have you ever dreaded the question, “what do you do?”. The internet is filled with criticisms of this question and offers an abundance of alternative options to ask instead. It shouldn’t be surprising, considering the majority of people feel unenthusiastic about the thing they spend most of their waking hours doing: working.
In fact, in 2017, Gallup reported that worldwide, 2 out of every 3 employees were not engaged, and 1 in 5 employees were actively disengaged in their role.
This is actually staggering.
Put another way, if your organisation has 100 employees, it’s likely that only 16 of them will be actively engaged, and feeling “involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace”.
If you’re asking yourself how to improve this statistic, the answer is by leveraging People Experience teams to find ways to make work meaningful for people.
In contrast to traditional HR, People Experience teams involve employees in the process of making decisions about the policies and processes that affect them.
There are two types of meaningful work
Meaning in work is where a person perceives that the work they do as part of their role is contributing to something greater than themselves. As what is perceived as a is highly personal, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to creating opportunities to experience meaning in work.
Meaning at work, however, is easier to address because it occurs when the employee perceives their job to be personally significant and worthwhile as a result of their experience of the working environment. It is also a prerequisite to experiencing meaning in work.
People Experience teams support employees in feeling meaning at work by ensuring the working environment is providing employees opportunities for their following needs to be met: