What can you do if coronavirus has made your job feel meaningless?

Crises can also provide you with an opportunity to find deeper meaning in your own work, a new kind of career path, or opportunities for personal growth

Derin Kent and Frank Martella
Derin Kent & Frank Martella

How crises can affect the personal relevance of one's own work is the topic at the heart of an article by two Aalto University researchers: Frank Martela (Department of Industrial Engineering & Management), and Derin Kent (Department of Management Studies). The article was published as a Digital Article at Harvard Business Review on June 3. 

If you are feeling like the current crisis has made your job feel meaningless, the researchers urge you to identify the little things you can still influence. In this way, you can find ways to improve your own situation or that of your work community. Everyone can also consider how their own unique skills and resources can be used as effectively as possible to help those affected by the crisis, and this effect can be strengthened by joining forces with others. What’s more, crises can provide an opportunity to stop and look to the future: ‘Is this the job I want to do and what my own dream job could look like in ten years?’

The researchers emphasize that while we are unable to choose the conditions we are given, we should try to influence what novel opportunities could arise in our lives from the changing situations.

Read more:

The full article is available here:
Harvard Business Review – What to Do When Work Feels Meaningless

  • Published:
  • Updated:
URL copied!

Related news

Nitin Sawhney standing outdoors with his bike, green grass and trees on the background
Research & Art Published:

Nitin Sawhney receives an Academy of Finland grant for analyzing and reconstructing crisis narratives

Professor Sawhney hopes that his collaborative research will offer insights into how crisis narratives emerge in society during the global pandemic
Learning Centre graphics
Research & Art, Studies Published:

Helsingin Sanomat available only with a VPN connection

Access to Helsingin Sanomat online articles has changed.
museum of impossible forms
Research & Art Published:

Museum of Impossible Forms wins State Art Prize 2020

ViCCA congratulates its students and alumni who have been active (and often founding) members of the Museum of Impossible Forms (est. 2017) – an anti-racist and queer-feminist cultural center in the suburb of Kontula – for the 2020 State Art Prize that they received from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
New Cotton Project
Research & Art Published:

Going beyond cotton

Aalto University part of a consortium that harnesses collaboration and cutting-edge technology to create circular fashion.