Meaningful Work
  • Doing something that one loves tends to provide clarity, happiness and a sense of purpose.
  • People who find meaning in their work tend to be motivated, engaged, and empowered.
  • It increases job satisfaction, overall performance, and personal fulfillment.

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Factors For Meaningful Work

Three factors are important for meaningful work:

  1. Autonomy: Being in control
  2. Complexity: Learning new skills and overcoming challenges
  3. Effort and reward: Being able to visualize your life goals in your work.
Being in Control

Being your own boss is one of the main factors of finding meaning in your work. It makes you more invested and allows real innovation.

  • You can ask for some flexibility in your work and build trust.
  • You can start a personal side project where you are in full control
  • You can redefine your work, and delve into areas you are passionate about.
Challenge Adds Meaning
A dead-end, boring job that is just a stressful routine, does nothing to add meaning in your work.
Work needs to kindle your imagination, challenge you mentally and should have some obstacles to make you grow.
Add Some Complexity

Add complexity in your work by challenging yourself, incorporating your passions, exploring new skillsets and being the best at what you do.

Effort And Reward

If your efforts are not rewarded, your passion and energy can wear off.

You can help see more rewards by tracking your efforts daily, weekly or monthly, and seeking feedback from your team.

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