There are many seemingly unimportant jobs that allow you to contribute to something worthwhile and greater than yourself. Finding such ‘meaning’ in your work is a fascination for author and philosopher Alain de Botton in our big interview. In his view, it’s the role of employers to reflect back to workers the wider purpose of their role – provide a narrative to help people identify a sense of progression and ultimately discover meaning.
He also calls on employers to spearhead a revolution for an overhaul of the education system to help the new generation of workers build the skills for the emerging ‘wisdom economy’. “UK companies need to join forces to tell the government and education: ‘You are letting us down. We have got a bust workforce,’” he declares.
Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, believes HR is operating in a changing context, where the emergence of ‘megatrends’ are defining a new workplace, workforce and work. The function needs to rebuild confidence, he says, so it’s more value adding, less process-driven, and more integrated to business. Read the interview here.