Young people today are not being picky and spoiled when requiring work to be meaningful, but demonstrating an age-old fundamental need and sign of mental health.
I have heard it so many times. From grandpas at dinner parties, aunties at family gatherings, strangers commenting online.
“When I was your age, we didn’t think about meaningfulness of work and other newly invented nonsense things. We took a job because we had to, and that was it.”
And: “The kids today want meaningfulness from their work because all their other needs have been met. Apparently we have now gotten so high up in the Maslow need hierarchy that we now need work to be fulfilling, too. Oh the times we live in!"
These comments showcase an acute lack of understanding of the concept of “meaning” and what it means for work to be meaningful.
“Meaningful" is not a synonym for “pleasant” or “fun”. Quite far from it. It is something much more fundamental: a basic human need we only became aware of once we started creating and working on bullshit jobs*.
*A job which exists mainly to produce
Annu. Founder of The Upright Project. Engineer and action woman who thinks it's time we update our way of measuring value creation of companies.
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