What is work?
Work: A calling or just a job?
The research, however, is
finding something different. Researchers have grouped people’s
orientations to their work into three categories: those who see their
work as just a job and are motivated primarily by the pay; those who
are career-oriented and are motivated by advancement and recognition;
and those who consider their work a calling and find the work itself
rewarding. In this last group are the people who say they would keep
doing their work even if they didn’t get paid for it, if they could.
Study suggests job level may not matter
study of hospital employees found that roughly one-third of hospital
administrators felt that their work was a calling—and so did roughly
one-third of the janitors. Further studies have confirmed that roughly
one-third of the people in any occupation feel their work is a calling.
The occupation itself may not matter to your ultimate happiness as much
as your commitment to it and whether it’s a good fit for your talents.
course, within occupations some jobs are better than others. And people
who are happy at work are more productive, more creative, and get along
better with coworkers and customers. Whether you are thinking about
your own job satisfaction or thinking about how to promote a happier
and more creative workplace, these are some of the key factors that
contribute to happiness at work.
Happiness, by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Authentic Happiness, by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph. D.