What’s the point? The importance of meaningful work

Luke Fletcher, Dilys Robinson

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We spend a lot of our time at work. Around eight hours a day, for at least 40 weeks every year, for 40 years or so… It’s an unsurprising hypothesis that being bored, feeling disconnected, and seeing no point in our work is likely to have a damaging effect. While the impact may not be quite as severe as the often-quoted Dostoevsky prognosis below, people who find no real meaning in their work are likely to suffer (emotionally and perhaps also mentally and physically), especially if they do not have absorbing interests outside work to bolster their self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThoughts for the day
PublisherInstitute for Employment Studies
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameIES Report
PublisherInstitute for Employment Studies


  • meaningfulness
  • work context


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