Meaningful work and organisational leadership

Meaningful work can be a force for good at every level of an organisation. Learn how organisational design and development can contribute towards meaningful work for your employees.

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Perfect for:

Early career
HR generalists
People Managers

You’ll learn how to:

  • define what meaningful work means to different people and organisations
  • explain why meaningful work matters to organisational leaders
  • recognise the role of organisation design and development in ensuring meaningful work

About this course

Course length: 60-90 minutes 

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: Early-in-career HR practitioners and line managers.


This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.

What to expect from this ‘meaningful work and organisational leadership’ course

This short course explains meaningful work and why it's an important topic for organisational leaders and HR professionals. You’ll learn how organisation design and development can contribute to creating meaningful work so everyone can use their skills and talents effectively. You'll also develop an understanding of the value of being principles-led, the different dimensions of work and job quality and how to find personal meaning in work.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This bite-sized training consists of written, video and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. At the end, you can test your understanding with a brief knowledge check. This is not a formal assessment; you can repeat it several times to help reinforce your learning.

What you’ll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • identify the core needs for meaningful work and know why they matter
  • hold conversations to help you understand the core needs that matter most to individuals and teams
  • appreciate how meaningful work can positively impact individual and organisational performance
  • start identifying how organisation design and development can contribute to meaningful work in your organisation.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.