Making Room for Meaningful Work


To help prepare for an ideation workshop by identifying ideas (different ways, best practices, obstacles) on how to "make room/time" for a meaningful work.

Early Findings

  • Though people always strive to do their best in a workplace, the "work hard" mentality is no longer effective.
  • The "5 Gears Model" is an applicable "making time" approach leading to a meaningful and more productive work. The 1st gear (reacharge mode) and the 2nd gear (connect mode) are important steps in order to be able to truly give meaningful outcome at work.
  • It is always encouraged to make time for regular breaks. A survey indicates that 90% of the respondents claim that regular breaks keep them refreshed before getting back to work, which increases productivity.
  • Breaks can also be used as a "quiet time", to meditate, recharge, and clear the mind.
  • Find time to interact with others. It is important te be aware of the co-workers' personalities and motivations. Having a good relationship at work brings out better work performance.
  • One possible obstacle that would affect making time to connect and interact with co-workers is the personal and professional differences. People have different actions and reactions, thus approach must be adaptable.

Proposed next steps:

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Based on our background research, there is an ample amount of ideas on how to make room for meaningful work. We recommend continuing the research to provide a deeper dive into 1) the definition of "making time" or "making room" for a more productive and meaningful work. This will include 2-3 different ways and philosophies on how to do it, backed with productivity studies or research. 2) 3-5 best practices that could be applied in order to "make room/time" and be more productive at work. We will include available statistics to support why these are considered best practices. and 3) 3-5 common and notable obstacles/challenges/barriers that affect "making room/time" for work. We will include available statistics to support the reason behind why these are considered obstacles. For these, we will use credible reports, journal articles/studies, and real-life examples, as available.
Additionally, we also recommend 2-3 case studies on big corporations that made use of the ways/strategies of "making room/time" for meaningful work. This will include identifying their strategy/approach, how they implemented it, and success metrics or positive effects.