Success at work requires hope and the ability to life-long learning

  • Satu Uusiautti


As the work life is changing fast at the moment, new studies on psychosocial dimensions of work are needed to improve efficiency, productivity, and well-being in workplaces. This was a qualitative study employing a mixed-methods approach to study enterprise personnel’s perceptions of success at work. Leaders and supervisors (N=15) in a northern Finnish mid-size enterprise were interviewed personally about how they understand success and the related factors. The data were complemented by open-ended questionnaires filled out by employees (N=29) of the enterprise. The data collection took place in 2014. The purpose was to find the key elements of success when analyzed from a positive psychological viewpoint. The findings provide information about the means to promote productivity, well-being, and sense of meaning at work. Changes in work appeared the most crucial factor influencing success at work in the target enterprise. The attitude to and coping with changes were analyzed through reported experiences. The analysis showed that learning new methods and attitudes at work requires not only persistency and willingness to learn but also optimism and hopefulness.

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Satu Uusiautti