Meaningful Work and Organisational Leadership Essential Insights

Define meaningful work and recognise its importance at multiple levels, demonstrating how organisation design and development contributes to performance and job quality.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Meaningful work is purposeful, safe and inclusive. This is because work can be, and should be, a force for good at every level to benefit individuals, organisations and communities. The core needs that comprise meaningful work matter to all human beings and the ability to identify these is a valuable skill in the people profession.

This Essential Insights course provides a practical explanation of what is meant by meaningful work and why it is an important topic for organisational leaders and HR professionals. It introduces how organisation design and development (OD&D) can contribute to creating meaningful work, helping everyone use their skills and talents effectively.

Learners will also gain an understanding of the value of being principles-led, the different dimensions of work and job quality and how to find personal meaning in their own work. The digestible programme topics will equip learners to develop conversations with stakeholders and identify actions in their organisation.

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CIPD Members

You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


In this course, you will:

  • define what ‘meaningful work’ can mean at various levels - to individuals, organisations and societies
  • explain why ‘meaningful work’ is a topic of interest and priority to organisational leaders
  • recognise the role of organisation design and development in the experience of meaningful work.

Is this course right for me?

This course is aimed at HR practitioners or line mangers, from early career onwards, exploring an interest in meaningful work and organisational challenges and opportunities. They may be seeking to explore the link between ‘good work’ and performance on both an individual and organisational level, including motivation, productivity and retention.

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