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Business Network Breakfast Briefing: Work and Meaning

This event took place on 9th July 2019 at 8:30am (07:30 GMT)

This event is part of the Business and Law Festival 2019.


Why do we work?  What does work mean to you? 



Have you ever wondered why some people get so much satisfaction from their job while others never seem to be very engaged or motivated?  Is it something that we have inside of us or are we influenced by external factors? If it’s within us, then how do we tap into this for our own benefit? Is there anything we can do as leaders to support this?  If it is externally influenced then how do we as leaders or people managers use this knowledge to improve workplace engagement and the gains that arise from that to our organisations.


Liz Moody has for many years been interested in how to release the potential in people and the organisations they work in.  She has variously tried to understand performance, effective team leadership and employee engagement.  In looking at many of the ways organisations and managers seek to organise work, she has concluded that perhaps we are looking in the wrong places for answers to the wrong questions. 

A book written 50 years ago by Studs Terkel about working people and how they think and feel about work prompted curiosity about how we derive meaning from work.  In this talk we will explore where this meaning comes from and why it might be important.  We will also consider what it is that leaders do (and sometimes don’t) that has an impact on how people think and feel about work.

The Breakfast Briefings are a series of face-to-face events, as part of The Open University Business Network. These events aim to foster collaboration and create an opportunity to explore together the latest and best of business thinking. We understand business and want to help your business flourish by sharing our insights into leadership and management at this series of collaborative events. In between briefings, why not join in on LinkedIn.

The webcast was open to 1500 users

(60 minutes)