Work is one of the most important activities in any adult’s life. Many life decisions arework-related. Work allows us to pursue our goals, plans, and dreams. Spending manyhours in our workplaces every day regulates our daily lives. Work has many functions,often requires effort, personal strength, and overcoming difficulties. On the other hand,unemployment or even the risk of losing one’s job may lead to many negative consequencesin the areas of job attitude, subjective feelings of life quality, and the meaning of life.The aim of this study was to verify the relationship between employment status of theparticipants and their emotional attitude to work, work-related behaviours, subjective lifequality, and the meaning of life. We examined 160 persons working in the shipbuildingindustry. In the examined sample we singled out three categories of employment status:the unemployed individuals, the individuals threatened with job loss, and working individuals.The age range was between 21 and 59 years. Some of the tools used in the studywere: the Life Quality Questionnaire by Rostowska and Urbaniak, the PIL (Purpose inLife) test, and the AVEM questionnaire (Work-related Behavior and Experience Patterns).The findings suggest that there is a relationship between emotional commitment, workrelatedbehaviour patterns, one’s meaning of life, and the subjective feeling of quality of lifeas a mediator and one’s employment status as a significant moderator.