- 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 draws on Aristotelian thinking to differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic understandings of well-being. A sense of purpose and meaning are fundamental to the more profound experience of eudaimonic well-being, which is associated with authenticity and living in accordance with one’s “true self.” A framework for well-being and meaningfulness is proposed which highlights the interactive effects between the two. Fundamental to both is a sense of self, the work performed by individuals, and the workplace itself. Framing eudaimonic well-being as a fundamental, overarching aim of living, the chapter argues that our work is a significant and influential factor in how we live, and the search for meaningful work is an inherent part of our pursuit of the life well lived.
Neal Chalofsky is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Human and Organizational Learning Department at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. His research and teaching focuses on meaningful work, workplaces with a values-based organizational culture, and increasing capacity for learning in adults. He is the author of Meaningful Workplaces: Reframing How and Where we Work.
Elizabeth Cavallaro is Assistant Professor, Leader Development, at the US Naval War College (USNWC), College of Leadership and Ethics, in Newport, RI. She is a Certified Professional Coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and is certified in a wide variety of assessment and facilitation tools. Her research interests include a range of topics, such as employee well-being, eudaimonia, mental complexity, and human development.
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