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A Moderator Between Work Stress and Meaning in Life

Georgia O'Keeffe, Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow, Tony Vaccaro, art, insight, coaching, meaning life
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) stands at an easel outdoors, adjusting a canvas from her ‘Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow,’ Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1960. (Photo by Tony Vaccaro)

 

A study by Blake A. Allan for the University of Florida, USA, examined the relations between work stress and both the presence of and search for meaning in life.

Three components of meaningful work—positive meaning, meaning-making, and greater good motivations—were investigated as potential moderators. As hypothesized, work stress had a significant, negative relation with the presence of meaning in life, and a significant, positive relation with the search for meaning in life.

Furthermore, the meaning making component of meaningful work moderated the relation between work stress and the presence of meaning in life. Specifically, meaning making served as a buffer where greater meaning making at work was associated with weaker relations between work stress and the presence of meaning in life.

None of the three components of meaningful work moderated the relation between work stress and the search for meaning in life.

So, how meaningful is your own work?

 

Source : Journal of Career Assessment

 

georgia_o_keefe_pelvis_series_insight_coaching, meaning
Georgia O’KEEFE – Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow, 1945 – Oil on canvas, 91.8 x 122.2 cm

 

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