Zach’s Blog

Work as Community

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I can’t forget the smell, like the aftermath of banging two rocks together as a kid. This time, it was the reek of the driver’s side of my pickup scraping across the asphalt after it flipped. Pieces of glass sprayed my face and settled in my weekend slip-on shoes. The right side of my face … Read more

Filling The ‘Meaning Deficit:’​ Why Meaningful Work Will Be More Vital in a Post-COVID World

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As people “return to work” during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers should be ready to address a hidden issue: a meaning deficit. Historically, every significant disruption of how we work inflicted profound distress flamed by existential crises and the search for meaningfulness. At the height of the second Industrial Revolution, in 1897, sociologist David Émile Durkheim … Read more

Everyday Purpose: How to Find Meaning in the Mundane

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If most of your day is spent doing mundane tasks, you’re not alone. And there’s hope, studies show we can actually learn how to find meaning in the everyday. 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 … Read more