On May 17, 2024, Siklab #9 delved into the vital topic of “Meaningful Work” and its role in “Humanizing” the workplace. Dr. Celerino Tiongco, an accomplished academic with five degrees and extensive expertise in management, business, and education, led the discussion. His focus was on the evolving perceptions of meaningful work and its impact on employee engagement, especially in the wake of the global trends intensified by the pandemic.

Dr. Tiongco highlighted two significant trends: the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting. The Great Resignation saw millions leave their jobs in 2021 and 2022, seeking better opportunities or a change in their work-life balance. Even more concerning is the rise of Quiet Quitting, where employees meet only the minimum job requirements without additional effort or engagement. This trend indicates a deeper issue of disengagement and dissatisfaction in the workplace.

The concept of meaningful work is crucial in understanding these trends. Dr. Tiongco emphasized that meaningful work is perceived through various factors, including:

  • Positive Impact: Making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Growth Opportunities: Having chances for personal and professional development.
  • Self-Fulfillment: Achieving a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
  • Recognition: Receiving rewards and acknowledgment for one’s contributions.
  • Belonging: Feeling part of a community or team.
  • Integrity: Doing honest and ethical work.
  • Enjoyment: Finding joy and satisfaction in one’s tasks.

Dr. Tiongco’s engaging presentation underscored the importance of organizations fostering environments where employees feel valued and motivated. By investing in their human capital, companies can build a culture that promotes mutual growth and success. This involves not just providing meaningful work but also recognizing and rewarding employees, offering opportunities for advancement, and ensuring a positive workplace culture.