On average, workers in the United States work between 35-40 hours every week. Added up, that's some 80,000 hours over the course of an average workers career.
Since we spend so much of our lives at work, we need sustenance beyond the paycheck we receive from our employer. In short, what meaning if any dies your job give you? In the modern workplace, this question and its answer are more important than ever.
Of course, different workers search for different types of meanings—and different employers provide different meanings. It is up to us as employees to find our own meaning, and the first step in the process is changing the way we approach and think about our work. This article does a great job illustrating how to do just that.
Who are you working for? Identify that person or group of people. When the hours are difficult or the tasks are unglamorous, remember that your work is an act of service for those you care about in your personal life. Keeping this front of mind will help you tie more purpose into your work, even when accomplishing the most tedious of tasks.