Perceiving a Calling as a Predictor of Future Work Attitudes: The Moderating Role of Meaningful Work

Gargi Sawhney, Thomas W. Britt, Chloe Wilson

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Abstract

The goal of the current study was to examine the interactive effect of perceiving a calling and meaningful work on employee attitudes. Specifically, we explored the multiplicative effect of perceiving a calling and meaningful work on work engagement, affective, and normative occupational commitment using a prospective design. Results indicated that meaningful work moderated the relation between perceiving a calling and affective occupational commitment. Specifically, the effects of perceiving a calling on affective occupational commitment were stronger for those who perceived less, but not more, meaning in their work. The interactive effect of perceiving a calling and meaningful work did not predict work engagement or normative occupational commitment. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-201
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Keywords

  • calling
  • meaningful work
  • occupational commitment
  • work engagement

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