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Everyday Purpose: How to Find Meaning in the Mundane

If most of your day is spent doing mundane tasks, you’re not alone. Surveys find that almost 60 percent of the average person’s day is spent on routine details like paperwork, e-mail, informal conversations, or planning and being in meetings. For most U.S. workers who reside in wage-earning service-based occupations, that percentage is probably much […]

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How to Be a Meaning-Giver: Why “Meaningful Work” is Everyone’s Job

Meaningful work is everyone’s job. Lisa had been a janitor for a decade when I asked her to describe a time when she experienced her work as especially meaningful. She needed just a few seconds to recall a moment, “This one has given me motivation ever since.” It wasn’t what I was expecting. She started, […]

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The Future of Work Must Be Meaningful

Humans will be replaced by smarter machines. Automation will drastically change the jobs that survive. The traditional notion of work organizations will be fragmented. These were the themes just three years ago from the 2016 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum and have since dominated “future of the workplace” reports, symposia, conferences, and “thought […]

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