Meaning and Millennials in the Workplace

The Wall Street Journal has just noticed a workplace trend that has been reported on for some time: young professionals are increasingly demanding a higher purpose in their day-to-day work. Surveys over the last few years have concluded that a large majority of millennials want to make a difference as well as make a living. The article notes that the words “mission,” “higher purpose,” “change the world,” were mentioned on earnings calls, in investor meetings, and industry conferences 3,243 times in 2014. Credible reasons are listed: work now absorbs longer hours, has amped up competitive pressures, and ties everyone to their job 24-7 via technology. What was not listed were the sobering facts of climate change, conflict-riddled global politics, and disruptive business models and practices. No wonder humankind’s historic quest for meaning is taking on a new urgency now, especially in the workplace.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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