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"Thanks David. This comes from the irony that meaningful work facets are showing themselves to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) drivers of engagement and other key employee outcomes, while being ignored in models of work motivation and on…"
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"Paul: I liked your term that meaning was the sleeping gain of employee motivation. David"
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Dr. Paul Fairlie talks with Stephen Shedletzky about the value of meaningful work for both employers and employees. His research has found meaningful work to...
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Paul Fairlie replied to Paul Fairlie's discussion All Generations Want Meaningful Work-York U National Study
"Thanks for this. Yes, I cite some of her work in the book chapter. Thanks for the re-post!"
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David Zinger replied to Paul Fairlie's discussion All Generations Want Meaningful Work-York U National Study
"Reminds me of Jennifer Deal's work on retiring the generation gap. I put this into our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/employeeengagementnetwork"
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All Generations Want Meaningful Work-York U National Study

Hello all:I’d like to share some research of mine on the topic of meaningful work. The press release (link below) highlights the importance of meaningful work for employers, and employees of all generations. The link between the presence of meaningful work and levels of engagement, in particular, was quite strong.Regards,PF…See More
Aug 8, 2012
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Employee Engagement: Myths, Realities, & Next Steps for Your Organization

People:I'd like to share my archived virtual workshop at HR.com. Synopsis and link below!Employee engagement has become ‘the’ HR buzz word. Every employer wants it. And yet, we still struggle to define and distinguish it from other things. It’s become everything and nothing to do with nearly all good employee attitudes and behaviours. As a result, we’re unable to harness what’s real and important. It’s time to put on the brakes. Dr. Fairlie, an organizational researcher, takes an…See More
Mar 5, 2012
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10 Deadly Sins of Survey Benchmarking

Fellow Members:I'd like to share my recent article in HR Professional magazine.If you've been involved with employee engagement surveys, then you know how important it is for many organizations to meet or exceed the benchmarks for their industry.Benchmarks can be a valuable source of information, but they’re not without limitations. In fact, they can even be dangerous for organizational performance. Link below!http://bit.ly/xtvjXDRegards,PFSee More
Mar 1, 2012
Paul Fairlie replied to Paul Fairlie's discussion Meaningful Work: The Strongest Driver of Employee Engagement?-New Journal Article
"Thanks David, and I'm glad you liked the article! Regards PF"
Jan 19, 2012
David Zinger replied to Paul Fairlie's discussion Meaningful Work: The Strongest Driver of Employee Engagement?-New Journal Article
"A very find article Paul. Thank you for letting us know about this. I have meaning as one of the 10 blocks in my pyramid model of engagement. I am just writing a post for this for my own blog next Tuesday. I will be sure to incorporate some of your…"
Jan 19, 2012
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Meaningful Work: The Strongest Driver of Employee Engagement?-New Journal Article

EE People:I'd like to share my recent article in Advances in Developing Human Resources (link below).In the study, meaningful work characteristics beat out 30+ other work characteristics (bundled into 7 dimensions) as correlates and predictors of high employee engagement. Overall job satisfaction, organizational commitment, stay intentions, and burnout were also explored.Meaningful work includes:- Self-actualizing work, which enables people to realize their full potential and become whom they…See More
Jan 18, 2012
Paul Fairlie replied to David Zinger's discussion Can you prove or demonstrate the connection between employee engagement and performance?
"David: Christian et al. (2011) measured the relationship between engagement and both in-role and extra-role performance in 91 samples. I'll upload a pdf of the model. Christian, M.S. et al. (2011).  Work engagement: A quantitative review…"
Jan 18, 2012
Paul Fairlie replied to David Zinger's discussion Can you prove or demonstrate the connection between employee engagement and performance?
"David: I did a webinar recently with a couple of slides summarizing the research connection between employee engagement and performance. I could supply these references if needed: Engagement and...performance (Bakker et al., 2006b; Bakker &…"
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Meaningful Work: The What, Why and How Guide in HR Magazine

Colleagues: I'm sharing an article of mine that ran in HR Magazine this month (along with a longer white paper version). I focus on dimensions of meaningful work as inputs to employee engagement. The data collected from 1,000 people in 50 states on 35 work dimensions show that work dimensions aligned with models of psychological meaning are among some of the strongest correlates of employee engagement, as well as satisfaction, commitment, stay intentions, discretionary effort, burnout, and…See More
Jan 17, 2011

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Paul Fairlie is President and CEO of Paul Fairlie Consulting, with 20 years experience in organizational, market, and opinion research, and consulting. He is a behavioural scientist with a solid foundation in organizational psychology, psychometrics, and data analysis. His primary areas of expertise are employee surveys, research and analytics, competency modeling, 360° feedback surveys, structured interviews, assessment centres, talent assessment, career coaching, seminars and workshops, and public speaking.

Paul has served clients across a wide range of industries with People Tech Consulting, Right Management Consultants, Environics Research Group, Shepell-fgi, and his own company. He is a former Director of Research at Shepell-fgi, where he oversaw employee health research involving thousands of organizations.

Paul is also an expert on meaningful work. He is the developer of the Meaningful Work Inventory®(MWI), a comprehensive employee survey of the most critical workplace factors known to organizational science. It includes all of the classic work dimensions that you would expect to find on an employee survey. But it also includes meaningful work dimensions, which are missing from most surveys, and are shown by research to be the strongest drivers of employee outcomes. It also measures engagement, satisfaction, commitment, effort, stay intentions, and other key employee outcomes. The MWI, with advanced analytics and smart reporting, enables you to prioritize a handful of the right things for action, with metric goals for change.

Paul has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a Sessional Assistant Professor at the School of Human Resource Management at York University. He has published in academic journals and has written for HR Magazine, HR Professional, Canadian HR Reporter, Workforce.com, and Vue Magazine. Paul is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the International Network on Personal Meaning. He is a regular presenter at APA conventions and has been a speaker for the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Conference Board of Canada, and HR.com. He also moderates the Meaningful Work group at LinkedIn.com.
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Employee Engagement: Myths, Realities, & Next Steps for Your Organization

People:

I'd like to share my archived virtual workshop at HR.com. Synopsis and link below!

Employee engagement has become ‘the’ HR buzz word. Every employer wants it. And yet, we still struggle to define and distinguish it from other things. It’s become everything and nothing to do with nearly all good employee attitudes and behaviours. As a result, we’re unable to harness what’s real and important.



It’s time to put on the brakes. Dr. Fairlie, an…

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At 11:16am on October 28, 2010, David Bowles said…
Glad to be connected with you Paul and look forward to your posts here! David
At 9:13am on December 2, 2009, David Zinger said…
Hi Paul,
Have a wonderful birthday today and all the best for the rest of the year. Take care and carry on caring.
David
At 5:44am on August 6, 2009, David Zinger said…
Hi Paul:

Welcome to the employee engagement network. I am pleased you joined us and I look forward to your contributions. I love the symbol for your site and your statement: We’re guided by science and meaning in everything we do. Our scientific side ensures that we’re precise, evidence-based, and informed by value-add analytics. We apply hard science to the management of soft, people factors. Our meaningful side ensures that we foster healthy and meaningful work. It’s not one or the other. They’re complimentary. It’s where the head meets the heart.

I trust you will find useful information and valuable interactions on this site. Let me know if I can assist you. I always appreciate another member from Canada joining this network that began in Winnipeg.

David
At 2:34pm on August 5, 2009, Paul Lush said…
Hi Paul! Welcome aboard....looking forward to your contributions.........Paul
 
 
 

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