Zest and work
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Special Issue: The Emerging Positive Agenda
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 161–172, February 2009
How to Cite
Peterson, C., Park, N., Hall, N. and Seligman, M. E. P. (2009), Zest and work. J. Organiz. Behav., 30: 161–172. doi: 10.1002/job.584
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 NOV 2008
Zest is a positive trait reflecting a person's approach to life with anticipation, energy, and excitement. In the present study, 9803 currently employed adult respondents to an Internet site completed measures of dispositional zest, orientation to work as a calling, and satisfaction with work and life in general. Across all occupations, zest predicted the stance that work was a calling (r = .39), as well as work satisfaction (r = .46) and general life satisfaction (r = .53). Zest deserves further attention from organizational scholars, especially how it can be encouraged in the workplace. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.