Promising Perks of Meaning at Work

You spend 1/3 or more of your time at work. You likely want it to be more than a grind. In a study by DeVry University, 71% of millennial college students place meaning at work as a top career choice. Meaning at work transforms mundane into magnificent.

There are promising perks at work when you can find meaning in it.

Consider these examples:

  • Increased personal motivation for doing quality work
  • Keen insights into what motivates others
  • Richer relationships with co-workers and even your boss
  • Knowledge of how your work contributes to the bigger picture
  • Greater sense of self-awareness
  • Intentional personal growth that leads to increased satisfaction
  • Progress in work

These are benefits identified by author and speaker Scott Mautz in his book Make It Matter. Mautz, also a writer for Switch and Shift, is this week’s featured guest on The Rebel Leader.

Here are highlights in this week’s episode:

  • The rebellious idea behind the importance of meaning at work and meaningful work
  • The rise of importance of meaning in the workplace
  • The organizational and personal benefits of meaning
  • Why manages aren’t responsible for creating meaningful work

While the conversation is rich, we couldn’t get to all of the good stuff in our interview. One area we didn’t get to explore deeply are Mautz’s Markers of Meaning. There are seven of them.

  1. Doing work that matters – significant work that makes an impact
  2. Being congruently challenged – energizing work that maximizes learning and growth
  3. Working with a heightened sense of competency and self-esteem
  4. Being in control and influencing decisions and outcomes gives a sense of autonomy
  5. Working in a caring/authentic/teamwork-based culture increases feelings of being appreciated and wanted
  6. Feeling connection with and confidence in leadership and the mission
  7. Being free from corrosive workplace behaviors removing barriers to one’s best self

Connect with Scott

Twitter: @scott_Mautz


Book: Make It Matter

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Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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