Careers and Organization

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MEANINGFUL WORK: EXPLORING BARRIERS INTERVENING AS WELL AS FACTORS ENHANCING EMPLOYEES’ ENGAGEMENT IN MEANINGFUL WORK.

Course: Careers & Organizations
Student: Isabelle van den Tol
Studentnumber: 2509606
Contact: i.vandentol@student.vu.nl
Coordinators: Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova & Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt
Datum: October 19th, 2015

MEANINGFUL WORK: EXPLORING BARRIERS INTERVENING AS WELL AS FACTORS ENHANCING EMPLOYEES’ ENGAGEMENT IN MEANINGFUL WORK.
ISABELLE VAN DEN TOL
2509606
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Through interviews and literary findings, a qualitative case study has been done to enrich the theory about the factors enhancing and barriers intervening meaningful work. For this case study two interviews
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Bird (1996) states that careers are “repositories of knowledge that involve accumulation of information and knowledge embodied in skills, expertise, and relationship networks that are acquired through an evolving sequence of work experiences over time”.
However, according to Arthur, Hall and Lawrence (1989) a career is “an evolving sequence of a person’s work experiences over time”. It must be kept in mind that there is a difference between career and career success. According to Arthur, Khapova and Wilderom (2005) career success is actually “an accomplishment of desirable work-related outcomes at any point in a person’s work experiences over time”. You might say that a career is something that ‘happens’ to you, while career success is something you control by achieving the things in your career you want to achieve.
The question is then: What do you want from your career? This is a new trend in the HRM field, also known as the concept of ‘meaningful work’. Steger, Dik and Duffy (2012) state that “people who say their work is meaningful and/or serves some greater social or communal good report better psychological adjustment, and simultaneously possess qualities that are desirable to organizations.
Research on the meaning of work charts a wide terrain across many disciplines (Rosso, Dekas & Wrzesniewski, 2010). It has focused on questions of where employees find meaningfulness in their work, how different meanings are made of similar jobs, how work meanings

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