Make Work Meaningful: The Future of Work through Ideas and Conversations

May 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Credit: Lars Plougmann

The future of work is not yet known; it is constantly changing and evolving. With the rise of virtual offices, ever-growing technology and globalization, it seems that the workplace is always going through shifts of change.

Make Work Meaningful is a website created to discuss the change of the workplace. It is a collaborative conversation about the future of work. There is a team of “top thinkers” that contribute to this collaborative conversation. It is aimed at getting individuals to be motivated, focused and in sync with the people they work with. The idea is that the community can help shape what the workplace becomes.

The Make Work Meaningful website was created by Rypple. Rypple is a Toronto-based startup that offers tools for employees to receive coaching and feedback about their work.

The Co-CEO of Rypple, David Stein says, “Based on these conversations, it’s clear that there is a movement afoot. Work is changing.” The three big changes he points out are:

  1. The new leadership philosophy: don’t just manage-coach
  2. The feeling of continuous growth and appropriate recognition goes further than a paycheck.
  3. The way people value ongoing development over periodic evaluation.

Stein continues, “This is what top thinkers… are writing about.”

Make Work Meaningful was created with the idea that leaders and aspiring ones can come to learn, grow and share ideas together.

Charney, a contributor for the site, wrote an article about coaching, said, “One of my hot buttons gets pushed by people who enjoy finishing my sentences. It amazes me that the older we get, the less we seem to listen. Here’s my theory: We’re taught that we need to demonstrate we’re smart, or an expert, by talking.” She suggests that we need to learn how to listen more in order to be coached.

Asmus, another contributor for the site, wrote an article about the difference between coaching and feedback in the workplace. One of the things she said was, “In the end, coaching is about “letting go” of advice-giving and assuming the person being coached is whole, smart, and understands the best direction to head in. When we give feedback, we believe that the person we are giving feedback to requires our advice to figure out the actions they need to take. There is a time and place for feedback, as there is for coaching. But they are not the same.”

Finally, another contributor for the site, Beth Steinberg, who is an HR Executive for Nike, writes about “doing what you love.” In this article she writes about the importance of working in an environment you enjoy. She gives suggested criteria for making the right decision about a job change. This suggested criterion is, “the mission of the company, the people, the company culture, the ability to learn and grow and work/life balance.”

The site is full of articles just like these three examples. It’s great for sharing ideas to figure out how to make work more meaningful and discuss the future of the workplace.