Could self-centrism rust the glitter of
meaningful work? Exploring the darker sides of the construct
Development and Learning in Organizations
Article publication date: 23 May 2020
Issue publication date: 6 July 2021
The paper explores if individuals experiencing deeply meaningful work turn self-centric and therein they negatively affect people around them. It also discusses ways to attenuate this darker effect of meaningful work.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with supervisors, peers, subordinates, and family of 24 executives in the Indian Aeronautical Manufacturing Sector who scored high on the Meaningful Work scale in another empirical study carried out by the authors in early 2019.
Individuals experiencing deeply Meaningful Work get self-centric, at times, where nothing beyond work appeals to them. This negatively affects their camaraderie at work and family ties.
The paper adds to the scarce literature on the darker side of Meaningful Work by exploring its effect on breeding self-centrism using an Indian sample.
Pattnaik, S. and Jena, L.K. (2021), "Could self-centrism rust the glitter of
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