Meaningfulness in the Work of Language Professionals




Innovation & Productivity, Identity, Meaning & Culture, Organization & Management


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.

Author Biographies

Jenni Virtaluoto, University of Jyväskylä

Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Communication Studies. E-mail:

Satu Selkälä, University of Oulu

Lecturer, German Language and Culture


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How to Cite

Virtaluoto, J., & Selkälä, S. (2022). Meaningfulness in the Work of Language Professionals. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies.