Still searching for meaning
I love the results of a recent study done by researchers at the University of Sussex and the University of Greenwich It confirms that bosses have virtually nothing to do with how meaningful employees feel their jobs are. Viktor Frankl had the right of it. Meaning only comes from within.
The researchers interviewed 135 people in ten jobs ranging from priest to garbage collector. They found that people feel they have meaning as a fellow human being; it’s personal.
This can happen when others find what they do matters. They label this self-transcendent.
The feeling can occur in a situation that is uncomfortable or even painful, what they term poignant
Purpose is not a constant. It is episodic and comes and goes according to circumstances. It also takes a while before we realize that something meaningful has happened upon reflection.
Bosses get in the way when they interfere with employees’ values, judgment, or supporting relationships.
Dr. Adrian Madden of Greenwich’s business school says organizations that master this concept will have greater success in attracting and retaining their best employees.
That only makes sense, right? Who wants to go to work every day thinking “What’s the point?” Why is it so hard for companies to get this?