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The Big Idea for Friday, June 21, 2013

If you are a farmer working your own land, chances are you are deeply engaged in your work. If you are not engaged, then you will have trouble feeding yourself and your family.

However, few of us are farmers these days, or engaged in other types of labor activities in which the purpose of our work is so starkly defined. 

As a result, as recent surveys show, the vast majority of people in America and around the world are disengaged from their work. Not only are these people not happy at work, business productivity suffers enormously. So what does it take to increase workplace engagement? In today's lesson, Rosabeth Moss Kanter argues that companies both large and small need to work really hard to instill a sense of purpose. 

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  1. 1 If You Hate Your Job, Welcome to the Club. So Now What to Do About It?
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 How to Find Fulfillment at Work
    Simon Sinek
  3. 3 How to Leverage the Happiness Advantage in the Office
    Shawn Achor
  4. 4 Finding Meaning in the Workplace
    John Mackey
 

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