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Revista de Administração de Empresas

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Rev. adm. empres. vol.41 no.3 São Paulo July/Sept. 2001

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-75902001000300002 

RECURSOS HUMANOS

 

Os sentidos do trabalho

 

 

Estelle M. Morin

Psicóloga e Professora Titular da HEC – Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales. E-mail: estelle.morin@hec.ca

 

 


RESUMO

O trabalho representa um valor importante nas sociedades ocidentais contemporâneas, exercendo uma influência considerável sobre a motivação dos trabalhadores, assim como sobre sua satisfação e sua produtividade. Compreender os sentidos do trabalho hoje é um desafio importante para os administradores, tendo em vista as múltiplas transformações que têm atingido as organizações e os "mundos do trabalho". O objetivo deste artigo é determinar, identificar e comentar as características que o trabalho deveria apresentar a fim de ter um sentido para aqueles que o realizam. Acreditamos que os momentos de transformação organizacional constituem, potencialmente, uma oportunidade para reorganizar o trabalho de tal forma que a qualidade de vida e a eficácia organizacional sejam melhoradas e que as características que se atribuem a um trabalho que tem um sentido possam orientar as decisões e as intervenções dos responsáveis pelos processos de transformação organizacional.

Palavras-chave: Trabalho, sentidos do trabalho, organização do trabalho, comprometimento no trabalho, mudança organizacional.


ABSTRACT

Work represents an important value in contemporary western societies, and exerts a considerable influence on workers' motivation, as well as on their satisfaction and productivity. Understanding the meanings of work represents an important challenge for managers, considering the many and multiple transformations that organizations and the "worlds of work" have been going on. The main objective of this article is to establish, to identify and to comment the main characteristics that work should have in order to be meaningful for those who accomplish it. In these moments of organizational transformations, there are many potential and important opportunities to reorganize the work organization. To improve the quality of life and the organizational effectiveness, it is important that the characteristics related to meaningful work may guide the decisions of those who are responsible for the processes of organizational transformations.

Key words: Work, meanings of work, organization of work, commitment at work, organizational change.


 

 

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NOTA

Este artigo é fruto de uma pesquisa financiada pela Direção de Pesquisas da HEC, Montreal.

 

 

Tradução: Angelo Soares, Professor de Comportamento Organizacional da Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).