A fascinating article about how people find their work meaningful or meaningless.
The article describes how, if their work or their manager denies or goes against their personal values, people wonder what the point of doing their job is.
People find meaning in their work when it is useful to other people as well as to themselves, when something emotionally moving happens, and when they can create relationships.
Unsurprisingly, this completely contradicts the neo-conservative idea of applying Game Theory to the workplace, which relies on the notion that individuals require rewards of a financial nature.
The researchers also identified the 'seven deadly sins' of meaninglessness, including disconnecting people from their values, overriding peoples' better judgment and disconnecting people from supporting relationships. While the challenges of helping employees find meaningful work are great, "the benefits for individuals and organizations that accrue from meaningful workplaces can be even greater," the authors write.