Is your Job Meaningful?

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Is your Job Meaningful?
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Finding a purpose in your job is important for millennials and in fact for everybody.
Nevertheless, many people have a job that they don't regard as meaningful. Therefore, they are not completely satisfied.
This is not really surprising, especially when realizing that many common occupations are not immediately associated with ‘meaning’. Think about jobs like: cashier, sales representative, administrative employee, factory worker.

But, doesn't it just depend on the way people define the word ‘meaningful’ when it comes to having a job? The former mentioned occupations, in the end, also help others within society. When ‘meaningful’ is associated with ‘giving’ and ‘helping others’, it means that nearly any role in any company can be seen as meaningful; each employee contributes to society In ...Sign up

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srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
A cat will shift its kitten by holding it with its teeth at some place in its neck which is safe and healthy to the kitten. If we see from kitten poin...Sign up

Is your Job Meaningful?
Josephat Olwal Ngesah, Kenya, Member
This is an interesting topic and question.I would react to it by asking another question, do you live to work or you work to live?Depending on ...Sign up

A Way to Reframe a Job from Makings Products to Building a New Country
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
When I was Managing Director of a bearings manufacturer which was coping with a big challenge, and needed to increase productivity by 300%, I told to ...Sign up

Asking yourself "Is my Job Meaningful"?
Henegar, Director, Member
It is good to see a young person at the dawn of her career asking this question. Over the years (4 decades plus), I've noted people starting to discov...Sign up

Choose a Study and Job you Like
Doaa Saayed, Student (University), Lebanon, Member
In my opinion, choosing a job you like will lead you to having a meaningful job…
This already starts from choosing the major of your study. We kn...Sign up

Every Job Has Significance and Meaning Attached!
C.L. Kappagomtula, Professor, Malaysia, Member
We may tend to think, that some jobs have no meaning attached and hence the person doing that job may feel out of place. But this premise is wrong. Ea...Sign up

Asking Yourself: Is My Job Meaningful?
joseph lemarleni, Manager, Kenya, Member
It is much okay to say a job is meaningful because of someone's motivation associated in doing the job. But what if I ask this question: Does your job...Sign up

It's All About Alignment!
Sridhar Gopal, Management Consultant, India, Member
To me as a business consultant and career mentor, I feel a job becomes your energizer when it aligns linearly with what you think, what you do and wha...Sign up

Is your Job Meaningful
Engel, Project Manager, Germany, Member
Good question - and good quote by Steve Jobs.
Reasoning about the meaning of jobs is always well accompanied by a Jobs quote. By the way - Jobs l...Sign up

3 Factors for a Meaningful Job
Jose Luis Figueroa, Management Consultant, Mexico, Member
A meaningful job is the one that is in line with your professional growth expectation (vision 5 - 10 years). It should include also social contributio...Sign up

A Meaningful Job Must Balance Needs
fred siyoi, Manager, Kenya, Member
In my frame, a meaningful job should satisfy the balance between different competing needs.
These are family needs, clients needs (in my case pat...Sign up

Is your Job Meaningful?
anwer abdalla mohammed abubakr, Lecturer, Saudi Arabia, Member
Regardless of the job satisfaction, I think it's meaningful to participate and be active in the society (your parents, brothers and sisters, neighbors...Sign up

Meaningful for Whom?
Oula denis Ignatius, Accountant, Uganda, Member
Meaningfulness of a job may be looked at from different perspectives. It may be from an employer's point of view, an employee point of view and societ...Sign up

What Motivates YOU in a Job may not Necessarily be what Motivates ME.
Josephat Olwal Ngesah, Kenya, Member
@joseph lemarleni, you will be surprised what "motivation" means to different people. Different people react differ...Sign up

What is Enough?
S. Lago, Business Consultant, Canada, Member
Job satisfaction is tied to life satisfaction and is different for each individual. Most unhappiness in life is created from unmet expectations. How d...Sign up

Self Management is Key for Making your Job Meaningful to You
Theophilus Mothusi, HR Consultant, Botswana, Member
Is your job meaningful? MEANINGFUL, without searching the word in a dictionary, may refer to a lot of things. But to me, it means does my job make me ...Sign up

Examples of Reframing Meaningful Work
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Anneke I like the image of ‘reframing’ roles to show people their part in the ‘big picture’.
Your topic relates to Job Satisfaction; to the ‘atmo...Sign up


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