Living one's calling: Job resources as a link between having and living a calling

Andreas Hirschi, Anita C. Keller, Daniel M. Spurk

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Abstract

Recent research on calling has pointed to the important distinction between having and living a calling in order to explain the positive effects of callings on well-being. However, how the link between having a calling and living a calling might be explained has only been partially addressed. In the present study, we focused on the neglected role of workplace characteristics as key factors in this regard. In a sample of 232 working adults in Germany, we established that presence of calling and living a calling were significantly related to job resources in terms of decision-making autonomy, task significance, and social support at work. Moreover, presence of calling and living a calling positively related to level of education, leadership position, and salary. Testing indirect effects with bootstrapping analyses, we found that job resources, specifically decision-making autonomy and task significance, partially mediated the relation of presence of calling with living a calling, while controlling for educational level and leadership position. The results support the idea that living a calling is not just about finding work that fits one's calling. People who have a calling are also more likely to live their calling by working in jobs with more job resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2018

Keywords

  • Presence of calling
  • living a calling
  • work characteristics
  • Job resources
  • Work
  • DESIGN QUESTIONNAIRE
  • LIFE SATISFACTION
  • WORK
  • MEDIATOR
  • MODEL
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • VALIDATION
  • VOCATION

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