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Making work meaningful: a leader's guide


McKinsey Quarterly


Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Authors / Editors

Cable D;Vermeulen F

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The article looks at four organizational-design interventions that can help employees find meaning in their work. It is said that perceptive leaders can find ways to form deeper connections between any worker and his or her customers. Work becomes more meaningful when people know that their actions are noticed and appreciated. Andrew Carton of Wharton School said the personal connection to a meaningful common goal boosted employees' coordination and collective enthusiasm.

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