Facilitating meaningfulness in the workplace:a field intervention study


This article presents the findings of a field intervention study that sought to address two objectives: (a) what are the psychological effects of a meaningfulness intervention? and (b) what key issues should be considered when developing meaningfulness interventions? Eighty employees from three different organizations based in the UK were allocated to either the intervention condition or a wait-list control group. Compared against the wait-list control group, the meaningfulness intervention facilitated meaningfulness in/at work, job/organization engagement, and personal initiative. Finally, focus group interviews revealed a number of micro (e.g., sustaining motivation), meso (e.g., role of line managers) and macro (e.g., socio-political events) level issues that should be considered when planning and implementing meaningfulness interventions. Overall this study makes use of field intervention research in order to develop the rationale for incorporating meaningfulness theories and concepts within HRM practice, particularly in better aligning personal development, team-based learning and performance management activities.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2019.1624590
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 10 June 2019, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2019.1624590
Uncontrolled Keywords: employee engagement,Field intervention,meaningful work,mixed methods,personal initiative,Strategy and Management,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
Publication ISSN: 1466-4399
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 08:42
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021
Published Online Date: 2019-06-10
Accepted Date: 2019-05-10
Authors: Fletcher, Luke (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7238-3480)
Schofield, Keith (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5787-8197)



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