Here's something to make you go ooooommmm.
Research published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology shows that people in lynchpin positions within their organization are more likely to feel their work has meaning and less likely to experience burnout.
Four factors define a role’s “lynchpinness,” according to the authors:
- criticality (how essential is your work is to your company’s mission?);
- non-substitutability (could someone in a different position do your work?);
- immediacy (if you were to stop getting your work done right now, how quickly would other work at the company come to a halt?); and
- pervasiveness (if you stopped working and no one picked up the slack, how many other activities at work would stop?).
The researchers found that being a lynchpin “predicted more meaningful work, more emotional organizational commitment, and less job insecurity and burnout. We found no downsides.”
If you’re looking to make a career move, these findings suggest that you should weigh the essentialness of any potential role in addition to factors like compensation and company culture. Even though lynchpin roles generally come with greater responsibilities, this research shows they may also lower your risk of burnout because you feel invested in what you’re doing.
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