What It Really Takes to Find Meaningful Work


Even if you are not a philosopher, you have probably worked out that things don’t really have any meaning, unless we attribute it to them. Work is no exception.

But it’s easy to persuade ourselves that our careers are inherently meaningful. So much so that the language we use has shifted from engagement to involvement, job vacancies to job crafting, and purpose to calling. All this suggests that work does have the capacity to fulfil our deepest existential needs, but does it? Should we feel guilty if our job is not rewarding? Do we need to change careers if our current job fails to provide us with a higher sense of purpose? To answer these questions, consider the five findings found in this article by Hogan CEO Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, originally published in Fast Company.