HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Exploring Differences in Work's Meaning: An Investigation of Individual Attributes Associated with Work Orientations

Document Type

Article

Date

1-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Behavioral & Applied Management

ISSN or ISBN

1930-0158

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

101

Last Page

120

Description

To understand better the meanings of work for individuals, we explored work orientation and examined empirically individual attributes of proactive personality, concern for others, concern for self, preference for challenging work, and work enjoyment as related to job, career and calling work orientations. Age, income, and employment security were identified as control variables. Our data derived from an online survey of full-time blue-collar and corporate employees in the auto industry (n = 251). Our study findings suggest preference for challenging work differentiates job, career, and calling orientations. We discuss the implications of our findings and suggest areas for future research.

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