IN THIS SUMMARY
In Meaningful Workplaces, Neal E. Chalofsky describes how strong and responsive Human Resource functions influence organizational effectiveness by building an employee-engaged, community-based workplace culture where people want to work. Basing his research on a multi-year study and extensive research from renowned experts in the field, Chalofsky addresses how the nature of work has greatly changed since the Boomer Generation from a mechanistic, military-inspired model to a socially- and ethically-conscious model based on meaning and community. Meaningful work is not based solely on salary, and meaningful workplaces are not grounded only in perks and benefits. Instead, meaningful work contains three key elements: a sense of self, the work itself, and a sense of work-life balance and integration. According to Chalofsky, Meaningful workplaces support the whole person, and recognize the important roles that family, leisure, personal, and community involvement play in the life of employees.