What makes work meaningful? Annie McKee wrote about this in the Harvard Business Review.
She lists three factors:
You know what’s expected of you. You know how and why your job makes a difference. You like what you do and what your company does.
You believe that your job offers a future. You trust you have what you need to grow and improve. You believe the job is leading you to a better future.
You have friends. You experience respect. You laugh. Others listen to you. You listen to others. You are trusted and you trust. You would be missed if you left the team.
You care. You connect. And, you make a difference. That’s how a positive environment is created.