It's easy to see how employees experience meaning in their work if their organisation has a clear and worthy aim (such as a charity), or if they have a hands-on or customer-facing role. How can organisations help employees experience a sense that what they do from day-to-day is worthwhile and valuable, even if they work in a role that is removed from the coalface? And how does employees' sense of meaning connect with the purpose of their jobs and the nature of the organisation?
This workshop will present the results of a joint Brighton Business School/IES research study into meaningfulness at work.
Lunch will be provided.
Event programme and topic array
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Topics we will cover will include:
- research findings from the joint research study;
- views from research participants; and
- what employers can do to make work meaningful.
Dilys has conducted a variety of employee opinion surveys for employers in the private and public sectors, including managing a four year project to conduct annual surveys for a consortium of 55 London NHS trusts and health authorities, together with annual benchmarking reports.
Dilys is a member of CIPD Engagement Forum's steering group and advised the MacLeod Review in 2008 to 2009, after which she became a member of the steering group for the Engage for Success movement's guru group.
Luke joined Brighton Business School in November 2014 as a Lecturer in Human Resource Management. With a background in work and organisational psychology, Luke takes a psychological perspective on human resource management and the employment relationship.
Luke has articles published in International Journal of Management Reviews and Human Resource Development International, and has a book chapter co-authored with Dilys Robinson from the Institute for Employment Studies, as well as a teaching case study on employee engagement with Professor Katie Bailey, University of Sussex.
Professor Katie Bailey
Katie (nee Truss) joined the University of Sussex in November 2013 as Professor of Management. Previously, she held several roles at the University of Kent, including Head of Kent Business School at Medway, and Head of the People, Management and Organisation subject group. Prior to that she was founder and Director of the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society and Head of the Leadership, HRM and Organisation subject group at Kingston Business School. She has a PhD from London Business School.
She is lead author of the textbook 'Strategic Human Resource Management' (OUP, 2012) and lead editor of 'Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice' (Routledge, 2014). She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Work, Employment and Society, an Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Employee Relations and the Irish Journal of Management.