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What is the relationship between work and passion?
Overview[edit | edit source]
Going to work is a means to have income and afford your life style,some work just for the money others work with drive and passion. Many say if you love your job you work 10 times harder but what drives a person to work with passion, enjoy and love what they do for a job . Is there a relationship between work and passion or is it simply a person's attitude .
This chapter will explore what drives a person to do well in their job, the benefits of having passion where you work, the theories based around this particular concept and what different types of motivation affect your way of working
Definition of Passion[edit | edit source]
Passion is a word that is used to describe a feeling that makes an individual show strong emotion that relates to an external desire. There are certain factors that are influenced when finding what drives a person to have passion at their workplace. these factors include;
- Contentedness of the individuals job
- Job satisfaction
- Nature of the job
Each of these factors work off each other to having a fulfilling job and keeping motivated to performing to the best of your ability. These factors also play a role in discovering how we find passion in work and how they correlate.
Core Concepts of Passion and Work[edit | edit source]
Well-being and work[edit | edit source]
It has been researched that the well-being at work influences the passion that is driven from day to day throughout work. a study conducted by Mcallister looked into the relationship of well-being and passion through work. The findings included important key aspects
- How happiness in your work places helps motivates you
- Positive outcomes when perceived available produced benefits
- Greater work passion was associated with positive outcomes
Mcallister (2017) states that work passion is both emotional and persistent state of desire concluding that the liking of an activity forms into an emotional attachment interlining the activity into themselves continuing to achieve more at their workplace. His study showed that there was a positive relationship between passion and practice indicating that passion was led from a long term liking for the activity the individual was doing manifesting an improved performance over time. This shows that there is a motivational drive .
Job Satisfaction and Motivational Drive[edit | edit source]
Possessing motivational drive comes within the individual self to behave in a certain way that satisfies the goals they wanted to achieve such as within their workplace. Motivational drive is primarily driven by social and psychological mechanisms which shows benefits to the success and contribution at work (Ho, 2011). Allowing oneself to continue to achieve maximum effort shows positive links to having passion for what people do for their job. This strongly includes having job satisfaction, as working in a job that you love empowers a stronger motivational drive to do better.
Contentedness of the Individuals Job[edit | edit source]
When individuals are happy and have a good well-being within their job it creates a type of contentedness within them that they themselves know they are performing at an excellent level that they are happy with, always striving to do better.
Nature of the Job[edit | edit source]
How a person performs in their workplace is dependent on the nature of their job. Some work for the money others work because of the passion they instil and they love what they do for work. One key factor that links to the performance of your work is the cognitive engagement and employee has that is shown true the passion they possess at work (Violet, 2011) .
Theories[edit | edit source]
Appraisal theory[edit | edit source]
Appraisal theory in psychology looks at the emotions that are extracted from our evaluations. When using this theory in a work passion situation it looks at how an individual will achieve and perform better from receiving appraisal whether it's verbal or recognised through the employees credibility of how hard they work. Employees may work better knowing from another worker that they are doing their job correctly and with satisfaction.
Locus of control[edit | edit source]
Locus of control theory developed by Julian B. Rotterexplains that locus of control is about the individual having control over the outcomes of events in their lives. This an effective theory when looking at work and passion. one study looked at the concept of locus of control and how it related to an individuals effectiveness in the workplace (Jones, J,2019). The study focused on the behaviours, attributes and capacities of two different types of people, those who believed they had personal control over life events and those who don't. The findings showed that there are several factors to ones self control and the people who showed a strong sense of belief that they controlled the events performed better. This suggests that the individuals who has passion for work shows within their 'locus of control' in achieving their goals within the work place.
Relationship Between Passion and Work[edit | edit source]
The concepts and theories mentioned all link together in obtaining passion in the workplace. Different abilities and mindsets through emotion and motivation change the way people work and why they work,it separates people who have passion and those who don't. Passion comes from the willingness of a person to strive for their goals in relation to work.
These concepts go into depth about how these different elements are connected between the two and why there is a positive relationship between passion and work and how having passion for work benefits careers and over all well-being of the individual. One study conducted by Houlfort (2014) examined if there were long term and short term influences of passion for workerssatisfaction and if passion for work were independent from those of work motivation. This study dove into depth on how a type of motivation can effect your passion for work, the findings showed that passion was highly elated to positive individual outcomes on higher work satisfaction and that passion for work was found to be a distinct concept from work motivation (Houlfort,2014) . This shows that there is a link between passion and work and how one achieves their goals with a heavily influence of the motivation that the person has . Passion can not come on its own it needs a form of motivation in order to find that drive to work harder in a workplace environment .
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
There are people who work for money and people who work with passion. People who show passion within their workplace utilise the concepts that make up passion through finding a motivational drive that allows them to keep performing and achieve their goals. These concepts that consist of contentedness of the individuals job, job satisfaction well-being, and nature of the job all play a huge part in possessing passion for work. Passion is an emotion that makes someone have an external desire and helps build on a motivation that continuously drives that person to work better and harder. If someone cannot find passion for their work they will not strive to achieve their goals and show less job satisfaction and well-being.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Houlfort, N., L. Philippe, F., J. Vallerand, R. and Ménard, J. (2014), "On passion and heavy work investment: personal and organizational outcomes", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 25-45. https://doi-org.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/10.1108/JMP-06-2013-0155
Ho, V. T., Sze-Sze Wong, & Chay Hoon Lee. (2011). A Tale of Passion: Linking Job Passion and Cognitive Engagement to Employee Work Performance. Journal of Management Studies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), 48(1), 26–47. https://doi-org.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00878.x
Jones, J. S., Murray, S. R., & Outlaw, T. (2019). The effect of generational differences on locus of control in the workplace. Academy of Business Research Journal, 1, 7-21. Retrieved from https://ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/docview/2442630450?accountid=28889
Mcallister, C. P., Harris, J. N., Hochwarter, W. A., Perrewé, P.,L., & Ferris, G. R. (2017). Got resources? A multi-sample constructive replication of perceived resource availability's role in work passion-job outcomes relationships. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32(2), 147-164. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/10.1007/s10869-016-9441-1
Zigarmi, D., Galloway, F. J., & Taylor, P. R. (2018). Work locus of control, motivational regulation, employee work passion, and work intentions: An empirical investigation of an appraisal model. Journal of Happiness Studies, 19(1), 231-256. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/10.1007/s10902-016-9813-2
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- How to find work you love (TED Talk)