Harvard Business Review

Find Purpose in Even Your Most Mundane Tasks at Work

Behavioral science research suggests that it really doesn’t take much for each of us to reconnect to our sense of purpose. Photo: Colourbox

More companies are embracing the idea that they might have a purpose that goes beyond their balance sheet, one that makes the world a better place in some way. Perhaps you’re proud to count your firm as one of them. But a noble corporate mission can feel quite distant from the realities of everyday working life. How are we supposed to feel a higher sense of purpose amid the daily scrum, as we wade through tedious meetings and endless to-do lists — perhaps with less-than-inspirational managers breathing down our necks?

It turns out that a lot of executives are wondering the same thing...

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