Exploring eudaimonia through meaningful work narratives within work integration social enterprises

Tamara Bilbija*, Jack Stout Rendall

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide new evidence on the different dimensions of well-being that can occur in work integration social enterprises (WISEs). This study aims to call for a future discussion on the role of meaningful work (MW) and its impact upon well-being beyond satisfaction.

 Design/methodology/approach: Explorative interviews were undertaken with professional workers and beneficiaries within a Spanish WISE. These interviews aimed to uncover similarities and differences across aspects of what makes work meaningful to them as workers. Both eudaimonic and hedonic dimensions of well-being were used to analyse the data. 

Findings: Different groups of employees show that professional employees (those working in the WISE, not because of their disadvantages in the labour market) create their narratives based on MW experiences (eudaimonic well-being), whereas beneficiaries (those working in the WISE because of their disadvantages in the labour market) often describe how satisfied they are at work (hedonic).

 Originality/value: The concept of MW within WISEs to achieve well-being for both beneficiaries and professional workers could be enhanced through discussion of the different types of well-being that are being realised in such settings. Engaging with the concept of “eudaimonia” helps the authors to achieve this aim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-526
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Enterprise Journal
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online date27 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Eudaimonia
  • Hedonic
  • Job quality
  • Meaningful work
  • Well-being
  • Work integration social enterprise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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