What's the point? The importance of meaningful work

IES Perspectives on HR 2016

Fletcher L, Robinson D | HR Network Paper 118 | Institute for Employment Studies | Apr 2016

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We spend a lot of our time at work. Around eight hours a day, for at least 40 weeks every year, for 40 years or so.

Dilys Robinson and Luke Fletcher make a well-supported case for the currently popular but long-standing concept of meaningfulness, concluding that: 'the positive benefits of offering meaningful work – higher engagement, reduced absence and better performance – suggest that it is worthwhile to make the effort.'

This paper was originally published in Thoughts for the day: IES Perspectives on HR 2016