How do you create more significance in your work? In this episode of Happier at Work, host Aoife O’Brien welcomes Zach Mercurio, a renowned expert in organisational purpose, meaningful work, and leadership. Zach shares his deep insights on how to find purpose and meaning in the workplace and create a work environment that brings out the best in everyone.

Zach’s passion for values-driven leadership shines through as he highlights the importance of optimising interactions and equipping leaders to create meaningfulness, safety, availability, and support. He encourages us to shift our focus from short-term solutions like signing bonuses to the leading indicators that truly drive employee engagement and retention.

During the conversation, Zach unveils his personal journey, transitioning from working in higher education to becoming a sought-after speaker, consultant, and researcher in the field of meaningful work. His work at the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University enabled him to study the essence of finding purpose and significance in both work and life.

The key points:

  • The difference between purpose and meaningfulness
  • Recognising our own significance 
  • Taking responsibility for fulfilling our unique purpose
  • Creating a culture of care that fosters growth, engagement, and success
  • Recognizing and affirming the unique contributions of each individual
  • Fostering an environment where everyone feels valued, seen, and heard

Intrigued? Don’t miss out on this enlightening episode! Tune in to Happier at Work today and discover how unleashing purpose and meaning can lead to greater happiness and fulfilment in your work life.

Previous episodes:

Previous episodes:

174: The Role of Emotions in Workplace Dynamics with Dr Lola Gershfeld 

136: Excel in your zone of genius with Ian Hatton 

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