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ERIC Number: EJ1095451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3736
Developing Meaningfulness at Work through Emotional Intelligence Training
Thory, Kathryn
International Journal of Training and Development, v20 n1 p58-77 Mar 2016
To date, there remains a significant gap in the human resource development (HRD) literature in understanding how training and development contributes to meaningful work. In addition, little is known about how individuals proactively make their work more meaningful. This article shows how emotional intelligence (EI) training promotes learning about sources of meaningful work and documents managers' experiences of independently applying to the workplace what they have learnt about meaningfulness from their EI training. Data is collected from participant observations and interviews with trainers and managers attending three externally provided, "popular" EI training courses. Interpreting the data through Lips-Wiersma and Morris's model of meaningful work enables a clear articulation of managers' capacity to shape their work environments to create four, interconnected sources of meaningfulness: inner development, expressing one's full potential, unity with others and serving others. The findings also reveal structural and agential constraints when individuals attempt to create meaningful work. Practically, the study demonstrates the importance of training to enhance work of value and significance and offers recommendations for practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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