Original Research - Special Collection: Navigating Talent in a Disruptive World

Pathways to meaningful work in the digital workspace: A qualitative exploration

Melinde Coetzee, Nadia Ferreira, Ingrid L. Potgieter
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 49 | a2080 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v49i0.2080 | © 2023 Melinde Coetzee, Nadia Ferreira, Ingrid Lorraine Potgieter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 January 2023 | Published: 29 November 2023

About the author(s)

Melinde Coetzee, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Nadia Ferreira, Department of Human Resource Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Ingrid L. Potgieter, Department of Human Resource Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Orientation: The way people view and experience their work and workplaces is fundamental to the extent to which employees find meaning in work. Research that examines individuals’ views about the more turbulent and disruptive technology-enhanced work world seems to be scant.

Research purpose: The present study sheds light on the extent to which individuals’ personal philosophy and Africanisation views on the work world inform pathways to meaningful work in the digital-era workspace.

Research approach/design and method: The study applied a qualitative, grounded-theory research approach to inductively gain deeper insight into participants’ views of the digital era work world from their responses on an open-ended research questionnaire. A randomly chosen sample of (N = 486) undergraduate students participated in the study.

Main findings: The findings illuminated four psychosocial pathways and their resources toward meaningful work in the digital-era workspace: Self-agency, other-agency, self-communion and other-communion.

Practical/managerial implications: Employers and practitioners should explore strategies for enhancing work meaningfulness in today’s more turbulent technology-driven work world.

Contribution/value-add: The study contributed an integrative model of psychosocial pathways and resources toward meaningful work in the digital workspace. The model informs practices for fostering meaningful work in technology-enhanced workspaces.


Keywords

Africanisation; meaningful work; technology-enhanced workspace; digital era work world; psychosocial pathways to meaningful work; resources of meaningful work

JEL Codes

D91: Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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