- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction and Overview
- The Moral Conditions of Work
- Dignity and Meaningful Work
- Meaningful Work and Freedom: Self-realization, Autonomy, and Non-domination in Work
- Work, Meaning, and Virtue
- Work and the Meaning of Being
- To Have Lived Well: Well-being and Meaningful Work
- Do We Have to Do Meaningful Work?
- Identity and Meaningful/Meaningless Work
- Self-transcendence and Meaningful Work
- “Belonging” and its Relationship to the Experience of Meaningful Work
- Exploring work Orientations and Cultural Accounts of Work: Toward a Research Agenda for Examining the Role of Culture in Meaningful Work
- Meaning in Life and in Work
- Meanings and Dirty Work: A Study of Refuse Collectors and Street Cleaners
- Finding Meaning in the Work of Caring
- Exploring Meaningful Work in the Third Sector
- Does My Engagement Matter?: Exploring the Relationship Between Employee Engagement and Meaningful Work in Theory and Practice
- Work Through a Gender Lens: More Work and More Sources of Meaningfulness
- Leadership and Meaningful Work
- Fostering the Human Spirit: A Positive Ethical Framework for Experiencing Meaningfulness at Work
- Direct Participation and Meaningful Work: The Implications of Task Discretion and Organizational Participation
- Accounting for Meaningful Work
- Meaningful Work and Family: How does the Pursuit of Meaningful Work Impact one’s Family?
- Does Corporate Social Responsibility Enhance Meaningful Work?: A Multi-perspective Theoretical Framework
- Cultural, National,and Individual Diversity and their Relationship to the Experience of Meaningful Work
- Bringing Political Economy Back In: A Comparative Institutionalist Perspective on Meaningful Work
- The Meaningful City: Toward a Theory of Public Meaningfulness, City Institutions, and Civic Work
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the connections between belonging, meaningful work, and the ability of people to fulfill their potential. Drawing on the nexus of two core human qualities, the social and the productive, it is proposed that meaningful work constitutes an arena of practice where this sense of belonging is evoked. Belonging can arise from being part of a group or team at work, where acknowledgment and recognition arise. Although psychological studies have not focused extensively on the construct of belonging, research has examined similar notions such as relatedness, social support, and psychological ownership. However, changes in the workplace such as the growing flexibilization of work and growing economism pose challenges to experiencing belonging and meaningfulness. The chapter outlines the potential “dark side” to belonging, such as the risk of over-identification, the propensity to unethical behaviors, and manipulative managerial strategies.
Tatjana Schnell is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and Adjunct Professor at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo (Norway). She studied Psychology, Theology, and Religious Studies in Göttingen (Germany), London (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), and Cambridge (UK) and received her PhD from Trier University (Germany). Her research is in existential psychology, with a focus on the conceptualization and measurement of meaning in life and the nexus of meaning and health, well-being, worldview, work and civic engagement. She is co-editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and member of several editorial boards.
Thomas Höge works as a senior scientist at the Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck (Austria). He studied psychology and sociology at the University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) and received his PhD from the Technical University of Munich (Germany). His research activities include psychological aspects of workplace flexibilization and subjectification of work, occupational health and well-being, and organizational democracy.
Wolfgang G. Weber is full Professor of Applied Psychology, Institute of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). He is a co-founding member of the Organisational Participation in Europe network (OPEN) and of the journal Psychology of Everyday Activity. His research activities include publications about employee participation and democracy in organizations, socio-moral work climate, socialization of prosocial and civic behavior, humanization of work, and the development of work analysis instruments. He has also published on phenomena of social alienation based on concepts of Critical Theory and cultural-historical Activity Theory.
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