A1 Journal article (refereed)
Meaningfulness in the Work of Language Professionals (2022)

Virtaluoto, J., & Selkälä, S. (2022). Meaningfulness in the Work of Language Professionals. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 12(4), 69-88. https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.132333

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Publication details

All authors or editorsVirtaluoto, Jenni; Selkälä, Satu

Journal or seriesNordic Journal of Working Life Studies


Publication year2022

Publication date12/04/2022


Issue number4

Pages range69-88

PublisherRoskilde universitetsforlag

Publication countryDenmark

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80641


This qualitative study explores the changes that a specific group of knowledge workers – language professionals in Finland – have undergone in their work and how they perceive the meaningfulness of their work as a result. The data presented in this article has been collected through group interviews and is part of a larger data set. To make sense of our data, we use thematic analysis and the framework of meaningful work presented by Rosso et al. For some of our research participants, the factors of meaningful work are present. For others, changes in work, such as platform work and outsourcing, have reduced autonomy and development possibilities. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings.

Keywordsworkworking lifework satisfactionmeaningfulnessknowledge workchangelanguagesuse of languagemeaning (importance)innovationsproductivityidentity (mental objects)autonomy (societal properties)independence (personal)cultureorganisations (systems)

Free keywordsinnovation; productivity; identity; meaning; culture; organization; management

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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