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Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

pp 3902-3904

Meaningfulness of Work

  • Lars HanssonAffiliated withDepartment of Health Sciences, Lund University Email author 

Synonyms

Employee satisfaction; Meaning of work; Occupational health

Definition

Meaning of work refers to types or sources attributed as meaning of work, whereas meaningfulness of work refers to amounts of significance produced by mechanisms and processes related to perceptions of meaningfulness of work.

Description

The scientific work on meaningfulness of work has not been consistent and coherent. It is in this context useful to distinguish between meaning of work and meaningfulness of work, a distinction which is mostly overlooked. While meaning of work refers to types or sources attributed as meaning of work, meaningfulness of work refers to amounts of significance produced by mechanisms and processes related to perceptions of meaningfulness of work essential for the individual. A recent systematic review of the meaning of work literature identifies four major sources of work meaning and seven mechanisms which contribute to the significance or meaningfulness ...

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