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How to Find Meaning in Your Job When It Seems Meaningless

How to Find Meaning in Your Job When It Seems Meaningless

Most of us desire meaningful work: we want to believe that our jobs matter to other individuals and that we are making a contribution to the greater good.

The present pandemic has served as a forceful wake-up call, particularly for the workforce of 2020. It has assisted many of us in reassessing our values and resetting our priorities. A growing number of people want to work for organizations that value giving back as much as they do the bottom line.


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We want to sense a genuine link between our profession and a larger sense of purpose in life beyond ourselves. However, meaningful work might be difficult to come by at times. According to recent research, more than 80% of college-educated Americans want such work, but only about half of them get it.

Here are five crucial tactics to help you get closer to discovering a career that lets you make a meaningful contribution to the world.


1. Create space

It is critical to make time in our daily routines to concentrate on significant tasks. The more activities you incorporate into your life, the more difficult it can be to focus on the things that truly matter to us. Consider organizing weekly or monthly "meaningful work" sessions. Cal Newport, the best-selling author of Deep Work, plans meaningful work activities weeks in advance to increase productivity.

"At any given stage, I ought to have deep work scheduled for roughly the next month," he explains. "This four-week lead time is long enough that when someone requests a chunk of my time, I've almost undoubtedly already reserved my deep work blocks for that period." Even better, schedule your session first thing in the morning, and you'll have given your personal mission top priority no matter what happens the rest of the day.


2. Leaders and supervisors - assist your team members in defining their jobs.

If you lead a team, you must dispute any long-held belief that particular jobs must be completed in a specific manner by everyone. Instead, remember that your goal is to identify each team member's unique skills and intrinsic motivators, as well as to determine what they consider most profoundly meaningful in their daily lives.

So, gather your staff in an open forum to discuss which duties they each prefer and find the most personal significance in. You might be astonished at which jobs people like. Once you have that knowledge, collaborate on a plan to reassign, redesign, or disperse critical duties so that every member of your team is constantly effective and satisfied.


3. Help others

According to research, those who regard their activities as helping others feel more meaningful. Concentrate on leveraging your talents for the greater good. And you don't have to work for a non-profit or charity organization to make a difference in the world. Consider GSK. The company is committed to making the world a healthier place by researching and producing a diverse variety of innovative pharma and consumer health products.

According to one of GSK's Medical Affairs Managers, "working at a business like GSK implies that I can make a significant difference in the broad scale that drives me." Then there's Edmodo, the world's largest K-12 social learning network. Employees at Edmodo enjoy knowing that their work has a positive impact on the lives of students, instructors, and relatives all over the world.


4. Make use of the alignment triangle.

Finding meaningful employment entails looking for congruence in three areas: passion, values, and talents (or what some may call talent or skills). Do you have a pastime or something you loved doing as a child but never considered turning into a career? Do you ever find yourself doing anything you enjoy where time does seem to fly by? These inquiries can help you discover your hidden interests. Then think about your ideals.


5. Find like-minded individuals.

Get out of your normal routine and start looking for others who share your interests. Are you interested in the field of social impact? Investigate charitable groups and businesses. Find organizations that share your interests. Then, using your new network, connect with companies that you'd like to employ.

Take advantage of this opportunity to apply your transferable abilities in a whole new context. You'll be more likely to accept your anxieties and find significant possibilities if you surround yourself with support groups made up of intent individuals. You can even form your own private advisory board over time—a group of reliable supporters who can help you improve personally and professionally.


Finding a meaningful job is a deeply personal endeavor. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, by implementing these tips, you will be able to come nearer than you ever dreamed. 

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