Our work environment is changing. With fewer young people entering the workforce every year, highly skilled workers are increasingly able to choose their employer instead of the other way around.
With this change, young people’s demands are rising. To many of them, work has become much more than a simple means to earn money. Instead, work is a way to personal fulfillment and self-actualization.
In this project we tried to imagine how a job platform might look like in this environment.
ux design, usability research, ux research, prototyping
Fig.: Percentage of young people who have answered ‚yes‘ to the above question in different European countries.
SINUS Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH (2017): Generation What? Europabericht
What makes a job meaningful to somebody?
We looked into the psychological research on motivation and self-actualization. We found out that, while specific motivators are very different for each person, true self-fulfillment is closely linked to so-called intrinsic values. For some people that might be fighting for the environment or helping people, for others it might be learning something new everyday or being able to master a new skill.
Many people are somewhat unaware of their core intrinsic values. They get distracted by extrinsic motivators like money and fame which are short term satisfactions that don’t make them happy in the long run.
Building a business
Alongside our UX project we established a business plan for our platform, that contained a 2-year timeline including break-even calculations and analyses using different strategic management tools such as Porter’s Five Forces, SWOT, Value Chain and Business Model Canvas.
Our business model relied on income through sponsored content in our article’s section as well as paid job posts.
Discover your own values - scientifically confirmed!
There already is a well-established psychological test, the so-called Portrait Values Questionnaire (PVQ), that can help identify people's personal values through a series of 40 questions. We wanted to incorporate this test into our concept and talked to a career coach that also uses the PVQ in his practice.
In our interview, the expert underlined the necessity to thoroughly reflect on your past and keep working on understanding your own values over time.
To further outline our platform and it’s features we examined possible user needs from the perspective of four different user groups, also considering our insights from the expert interview.
Theory and Test area
People are sensitized to the importance of personal values and can explore the science. They can complete the PVQ and receive a detailed test result.
Blog & Job Post Area
Inspiring stories of other people/organizations that are on a purpose-driven journey.
Combined with curated job offerings.
Reflection area / Profile
Location of personal test result (private).
Instructions to mindfulness exercises or methods for reflection in regards to personal values and past employments, option to make your own entries / capture thoughts.
Selected Articles and Job posts based on your PVQ result and recent activity. Indication of reflection progress and Link to reflection site.
We tested our prototype with one of the three user groups (young professionals) in three different use scenarios. Our test was set up in the UX Lab of Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart. One person carried out the test while the other two were observing from the adjacent room through video and audio transmission.
What did we find out?
Language / Introduction
Website features / areas
We responded to the test findings by eliminating the news feed section and incorporated its function into existing sections.
The job post area received its own section apart from the blog area. We also adjusted language to remove negative bias and added an additional companies section, where users can browse company profiles. The blog area was equipped with more filter options.