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Job, career or calling? New science shows the choice is actually different!

prof. Jordan Nielsen, prof. Kira Schabram

According to a recent report from Zippia, only 20% of the U.S. workforce are passionate about their jobs, and every third worker is dissatisfied with what they do every day. How are these work orientations shaped? That's the leading question of this week, SoB episode!

Our guests: prof. Kira Schabram and prof. Jordan Nielsen shared the most inspiring insights from their recent work exploring how different work orientations are constructed. Starting with some deeper understanding of why do we actually work, through different drivers changing our work orientations throughout life, ending with practical tips on how can we shape better our relationship with work - this episode is a must-listen to anyone actively engaged in the workforce.

Papers discussed:

Schabram, K., Nielsen, J., & Thompson, J. (2022). The Dynamics of Work Orientations: An Updated Typology and Agenda for the Study of Jobs, Careers, and Callings. Academy of Management Annals, (ja).

Schabram, K., & Maitlis, S. (2017). Negotiating the challenges of a calling: Emotion and enacted sensemaking in animal shelter work. Academy of Management Journal, 60(2), 584-609.

Bloom, M., Colbert, A. E., & Nielsen, J. D. (2021). Stories of calling: How called professionals construct narrative identities. Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(2), 298-338.