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

News & Blogs

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to a 2012 Internet Society survey, 83 percent of people consider Internet access a basic human right. The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) has now approved the net neutrality rules, which classify broadband Internet service as a utility. The objective behind this landmark move is to preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles,” according to the commission chairman, Tom Wheeler.

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(3BL Media/Just Means) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership has awarded Chevrolet a Climate Leadership for Innovative Partnerships award, thanks to the results of its Clean Energy Campus Campaign. The initiative is designed to help campuses become more energy efficient and sustainable.

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Guest blog by TINYpulse

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