Interest in the work does not depend on the degree of satisfaction

American scientists have shown that interest in the profession is not important for its choice. This factor is more important for labor productivity and the probability of promotion.

The study is published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. The literature on professional orientation positions interest as a very important component of job satisfaction. And many people instinctively strive to find the service they like, which often means interest in a particular area.

At the same time, they overlook many other factors. But these factors, according to psychologists from the University of Houston (USA), may be crucial in choosing a profession and a place to work. At least in terms of satisfaction with it.

The scientists came to this conclusion after studying data from 105 studies analyzing the degree of satisfaction with their place of work. The time frame of the work covered the period from 1949 to 2016 and included 39,602 participants. The analysis revealed not too significant a correlation between interest in the work and satisfaction with it. Participants with an interest in their work tended not to be much more satisfied with their work than those with no expressed interest in the occupation.

And while there was a statistically significant positive correlation between interest and satisfaction, it was below expectations. However, research by U.S. scientists shows that interest in a job influences productivity and promotion more than satisfaction.

But to experience the latter, one must consider factors such as the choice of a career organization, the personal qualities of the manager and colleagues, fair treatment, and pay. Psychologists believe that such a conclusion can be encouraging for those who have an interest in areas that are not in great demand.

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