Would You Give Up Money To Have Meaningful Work?

By Alina Okun | April 23, 2020 |
greater meaning in the workplace

If you have never seen Shawn Achor’s TED talk, The Happy Secret To Better Work, you should definitely watch it. It is my all-time favorite TED talk. It is funny, informative, and immensely insightful. It will make you question what you thought you knew about work and productivity. I am a huge fan of Shawn Achor’s…

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Recraft Your Job To Make It More Meaningful

By Alina Okun | April 21, 2020 |
job crafting

In the last post, I mentioned Dr. Hartwig’s TEDx talk and his advice to spend less time trying to find meaningful work and more time making work meaningful. This concept ties to an idea of job crafting that Rebecca Fraser-Thill, a psychology instructor at Bates College, discussed last year in an article she published in Forbes. In…

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Do You Just Work For The Weekend Most Of The Time?

By Alina Okun | April 19, 2020 |
meaningless labor, meaningful work

Why are we on this elusive search for meaningful work? Was there ever a time when work used to be meaningful? If yes, then when, and how can we make work meaningful again? Dr. Hartwig, Professor of Communication, answered these questions in his insightful TEDx talk in 2015 when he discussed the intersection between work and meaningfulness.…

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Money Or Meaningful Work: Which One Is Better?

By Alina Okun | April 17, 2020 |
Money or meaningful work

Are money and meaningful work mutually exclusive? Do you have to choose one over the other? Money is a strange topic. People who get paid salaries never discuss money. It is not culturally acceptable in the U.S. to approach someone and ask them how much money they earn. Most companies protect the salary information as…

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Do You Have To Be Loud At Work?

By Alina Okun | April 15, 2020 |
Introvert Introversion

I am an INFJ. Anyone familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will recognize INFJ as one of the 16 personality types. “I” stands for introverted, “N” – intuitive, “F” – feeling, and “J” – judging. It is the least common personality type in the U.S. according to Truity. INFJs are energized by time alone (Introverted),…

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What Made It Important To Write About Meaningful Work

By Alina Okun | April 13, 2020 |
Man's Search for Meaning

Why did I decide to write a book about meaningful work? While this was not a life-long dream, in retrospect, it had been a long time coming. I spent almost twenty years working a wide range of finance jobs. Very often, especially in later years, I caught myself thinking that so much of what I…

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Why Specialization Surprisingly Hurts Business Innovation

By Alina Okun | April 11, 2020 |
specialization in labor

Out of many books I read over the past twelve months, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein was one of my favorites. In his book, Epstein suggests that generalists, not specialists, are the ones who excel. Generalists often take longer to achieve their goals as they try different paths along the…

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