Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Millennials and Meaningfulness at Work
by Lee, Daena, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2017, 63; 10605489
Abstract (Summary)

Meaningfulness at work has been shown to be a positive contributor to employee engagement, performance, commitment and an extensive list of other desirable factors. The Millennial generation appears to be the largest and fastest growing generation since the Baby Boomers. Some managers have said some Millennials seem difficult to manage because their expectations of work upon entering the workforce seem so much higher than previous generations. This qualitative research project explored how Millennials at a small business find meaningfulness at work and to what extent their leaders create an environment of meaningfulness. Millennials at a small business were interviewed to explore their thoughts about meaningfulness at work. The resulting data was examined using content analysis. Mechanisms of meaning, hindrances to the perception of meaning, and pathways to meaningfulness at work were used to categorize the data. Millennials in this study appeared to find meaning at work through recognition of their competence and perceived impact, interpersonal connectedness and self-concordance. Being taken for granted and unfairness seem to be significant hindrances to the perception of meaningfulness at work for Millennials in this study. Meaningfulness at work for participant Millennials appeared to happen when their contributions had a positive perceived impact on the organization and their multi-generational coworkers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rhodes, Kent
Commitee: Egan, Terri D.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Meaningfulness, Mechanisms of meaning, Millennials, Pathways to meaningfulness, Unfairness
Publication Number: 10605489
ISBN: 9780355132397
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