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State of Meaningful Work: How to Evoke Meaning in the American Workforce

HighGround research shares insights about what it takes for the modern employee to find meaning in the workplace.

State of Meaningful Work

Evoke Meaningful WorkWe crave significance and purpose in our work. We want our work to engage our minds and inspire us to achieve our full potential. And at the end of the day, we want to believe that the hours we invested in our jobs made a positive contribution to our organizations and the greater good. But how do employees find meaning at work? What qualities do these employees share? And how can employers cultivate meaningful work to improve retention and help employees perform at the highest possible levels?

To gain a clearer understanding of meaningful work and its implications for employers, we asked 1,200 full-time employees across more than 20 industries about meaning in the workplace. After analyzing the data, important insights emerged about what it takes for the modern employee to find meaning in the workplace and how organizations can cater their engagement strategies to the following trends:

  • Employees who understand their organizations’ mission and values are much more likely to experience meaning at work.

  • The employee-boss relationship is crucial to the search for meaning. Ninety-one percent of employees who feel their work is very meaningful believe their supervisors care about their professional success.

  • Longevity and company tenure don’t always correlate with positive feelings. Since happiness and trust tend to drop at the 10-year mark, employers need to use agile performance management and recognition strategies to promote a sense of meaningfulness for long-term employees.