The Role of Occupations in Shaping Personal Work Schemas and the Meaning of Work. M. Teresa Cardador Michael G. Pratt University of Illinois Meaning Meeting March 31, 2007. What We Need. General feedback Does this make sense? What is the most exciting / interesting?
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M. Teresa Cardador
Michael G. Pratt
University of Illinois
March 31, 2007
Our purpose was to build theory at the intersection of occupations and meaning making / meaning of work
Meaning of Work
Other Characteristics: (Allen, 2007; Gardner, Change & Duffield, 2007)
Characteristics: (Brown, 1988; Dick, 2000; Manning, 1995; Paoline, 2003)
Facilitating factors: (Luchsinger & Bagby, 2001; Olm & Eddy, 1985; Rose & Unwala, 1986)
What I Need
For Work Meaning
Meaning of Work
One’s unique approach to their role was linked to personal constructions of work – work schemas.
Engaging: “I just love dong this. It’s fun, it’s a challenge. It’s neat to see what we’ve built. It’s incredibly rewarding.” (E, M)
Purposeful:“I’d like to make a difference…I feel like I’d like to contribute. I wanna have a hand in how things are done, because I want it to go how I think it should go. Instituting change is a very important thing for me, or to maintain standards, high standards…” (APN, F)
Relational: “I really like caring for people, and so, it’s hard for me to imagine not doing that…I guess I do have the ability to, you know, talk to people or talk them into things or help them understand, you know, stuff one way or the other, and convince them to do things… It’s really important to us to have those kinds of relationships. You know, you get really involved with your patients.” (APN, F)
Instrumental: “Well…you need to sustain yourself and your family, so you need the money, but…I like to keep busy, I like to do things, I like to challenge myself. It’s different everyday. It’s something different. I mean if I didn’t work, I’d just be doing the same TV Maury Povitch show everyday….not doing anything just gets really boring. This job is definitely not boring.” (PO, M)