New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Mitchell G. Rothstein and Ronald J. Burke
Chapter 11: Work Motivations, Job Behaviors and Flourishing in Work and Life
1 Ronald J. Burke This chapter includes a selective review of research findings related to the central concepts of the chapter – values, motivations, behaviors and flourishing – self-assessment instruments with normative information allowing readers to see how they compare with others, along with indications of scores on each that should provide ‘food for thought’, and a framework to identify behavioral changes that might enrich one’s life and improve one’s performance in several life roles, along with a process for bringing about these changes. We encourage you to have a note pad handy as you work your way through the chapter. LIFE IS FULL OF PROBABILITIES One often reads about or sees stories on television in which interviews with a person who has reached the age of 100 are reported. The person is asked for his or her (usually a her, but that’s a different chapter) secrets to living a long life. The person responds by saying they smoked a pack of cigarettes a day since they were a teenager, had a few scotches at night to relax, and stayed up late carousing. One then hears or reads about a physically fit individual who made all the desirable life style choices dying of a heart attack while jogging. There are no guarantees in life; there are only probabilities. There is a reasonably high probability that smoking, drinking, eating badly and being overweight will be associated with a shorter lifespan, but there is no guarantee of this. Individuals who are chronically angry, hostile...
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