Welcome to Center for meaning

Center for Meaning works with individuals and organizations on how to discover meaning and values in Life and at Work. The starting point is the meaning concept developed by professor Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 – 1997).

More and more suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and physical pain. Often there is a connection to the experience of meaninglessness. The sense of meaninglessness and the burnout it causes increases the risk of many of the diseases we know in the Western world today. Sickness absence is on the rise and has high costs.

Research has established that the ability to find meaning in life as a management and lifestyle gives:

  • Good health
  • High job satisfaction
  • Reduction of mental stress
  • Less sick leave
  • Cheerfulness
  • Greater motivation
  • Greater performance
  • Greater commitment

(Sources: AOK Fehlzeiten-Report, 2018, Roffey Park, 2004, Pennt, 2006)

The ability to find meaning gives you why and how

The phrase “Find your why” is known by many, and it clearly supports the concept of meaning, why I welcome it. My point is simply that “your why” comes from finding your meaning in life. And once you have learned how to find your meaning in life, your “how” will also appear.

Finding meaning is a mentality, a culture that needs to be worked up by developing it as a daily management and lifestyle. Companies that have meaning in the workplace dare to dream of the future, they have a purpose, a vision and they have a soul that is transposed at all levels and areas.

I warmly welcome you, Anja Elfrida Hald, Ph.D.

The concept

Discover meaning in life and work and improve health and commitment.

The key to resilience is meaning and purpose

“Organizations that focus on meaning are more successful than organizations relying solely on hierarchy and financial incentives to drive performance”. (AOK Fehlzeiten Report: 1, 2018)

By working with meaning as a management and organization tool, both leaders and employees achieve greater job satisfaction, resilience, progress and commitment both in the job and in life.

The above quote is from the annual German sickness absence report at workplaces. In 2018, the theme of the study was “meaning”.

The study question was how the employees’ perception of meaning in life and in the job affects health in the workplace, including the effect of sick leave. The report showed following result:

  • 9.4 days of sick leave pr. year when experiencing consistency between meaning in life both private and in the job
  • 19.6 days of sick leave pr. year when experiencing lack of conformity between meaning in life and meaning in the job

That is, over doubling the sick leave when there is no experience of consistency between meaning in life and meaning in the job.

Conversely, the results of the report show a markedly lower sick leave and a significantly higher degree of engagement when there is a correlation between perception of meaning in life and meaning in the job.

The results in the German report furthermore show that this relationship is also evident in job-related physical and mental complaints. If employees feel that their work is meaningful, complaints like back pain and joint pain and exhaustion are mentioned much less frequently than if this were not the case.

If employees found their work meaningful, all complaints were less frequent (back and joint pain: 34 percent, exhaustion: 33.2 percent). Conversely, if there was no experience of meaning in the work, 54.1 percent reported back and joint pain and 56.5 percent over exhaustion.

Meaning and Spiritual Capital as Growth Accelerator

The ability to find meaning is spiritual capital.The ability to create, develop and operationalize spiritual capital and meaning is the new age of understanding and science in leadership.

Leaders’ awareness of creating wealth must be expanded to include meaning and spiritual capital. Leaders who do this can positively influence those they work with. They become better role models in relation to more sustainable behavior, resulting in a meaning oriented work culture that is ultimately more functional, adaptable and sustainable.

Spiritual capital reflects what a person or company exists for, believes in, strives for, and takes responsibility for. It is about how leaders achieve growth both strategically, economically and socially by inspiring people’s deepest meaning, values and purposes and makes a match between the experience of meaning in life and meaning in the job.

Services

I work as Mentor, Advisor and Teacher on how to operationalize meaning in life and in work. I have established Center for Meaning in Denmark and I am Co-founder of the international non-profit organisation www.meaning-at-work.com.

Talks and presentations

From the concept of Meaning I do talks and presentations. It can be in general about the concept or it can be targeted specific themes e.g. meaning in work and leadership, meaning in health and disease, meaning in life with crises and suffering etc.

Leaders, boards and organizations

I offer advice and support to develop and operationalize meaning as growth accelerator in companies and organizations.

Regardless of the specific content, I offer different ways to engage you and your organization – 1:1 session, keynotes, single or series workshops, intensive mentoring or a partnership to integrate the approach of meaning into your development programs and into your work culture.

Research and projects

From the concept of Meaning I participate in different projects. It can be anything from partner participation to coordination and project management and I also do research tasks.

Workshops

From the concept of Meaning I hold different workshops.

Individuals

From the concept of Meaning I offer support to discover and develop clarity, balance and direction by 1:1 session to individuals who because of different causes have lost track in life.

I speak both Danish or English fluently, and I also offer some of the services online.

Articles

Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Anja Elfrida Hald, Ph.D.
Director and Founder of Center for Meaning, Denmark

Co-founder of The international non-profit organisation www.meaning-at-work.com

Mail: contact@center-for-meaning.com
Mobile: +45 53 82 67 16

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