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Mening i arbejdslivet: Teori og praksisudvikling

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 The humanization of the workplace that we witnessed throughout the 20th century has reached a point where deep existential concerns are now being expressed. Employees demand work that carries a rich, personal meaning. This paper attempts to elucidate the concept of meaning in work life and suggest ways that work may be made more meaningful. Meaning is defined as the experience that something fits into a wider context or coheres within a larger whole. Meaning in work life derives from four factors, each of which help us relate to a larger wholeness through our work: A person experiences meaning in work life when she 1. is able to use her strengths and realize her potentials, 2. makes an important contribution to the organization, 3. partakes in a productive community of fellow workers and 4. creates something of value to the organization's stakeholders or in society at large. Four avenues of organizational intervention that promote meaning in work life are suggested: Planning through appreciative inquiry, the facilitation of meetings, leader-based coaching, and peer-guided employee development techniques.
Translated title of the contributionMeaning in Work Life: Theory and Applications
Original languageDanish
JournalErhvervspsykologi: tidsskrift om udvikling, dialog, ledelse organisation
Pages (from-to)44-73
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Research areas

  • meaning, work-life meaning, work

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