Category: *Journal of Vocational Behavior

It’s Not All About the Money? The Role of Career Values in the Engagement of Recent College Graduates

Life after college can be intimidating. Finding work is often hard, and finding work that lives up to your hopes and dreams is even harder. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices you have to make when transitioning from college to working life. But a new study sheds light on which career values are most important to identify and use as guides when entering the working world.

Work Life Balance: Assessing Non-Family Conflict

Work Life balance doesn’t have to mean juggling job responsibilities and responsibilities to a wife and kids. In the modern era, families and social ties take all different forms. Yet, the discussion of balanced work and personal life has largely excluded non-families- unmarried employees and employees without children. This is a mistake.

Stretch Goals: Careful Timing Required

We’ve all heard that boredom leads to employee turnover. Conventional wisdom says continuing to challenge your employees over time with difficult assignments and stretch goals is vital to keeping their engagement high. But what challenges are the right challenges? A new study indicates that treating all your employees the same way might be a serious mistake.

The New Deal at Work: Breaking Traditional Organizational Development Boundaries (IO Psychology)

Topic: Development, Organizational Commitment Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior Article: Protean and Boundaryless Career Attitudes and Organizational Commitment: The Effects of Perceived Supervisor Support Authors: K. Ovgu Cakmak-Otluoglu Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood, M.S. The last few decades have brought many changes to the world of work. For vocational scholars,

Not So Fast! Rethinking the Use of the Five-Factor Model of Personality When Studying Vocational Interests

Topic: Personality Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior (OCT 2012) Article: The HEXACO and Five-Factor Models of Personality in Relation to RIASEC Vocational Interests Authors: Derek A. McKay & David M. Tokar Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada In human resource management, there is a longstanding interest in the relationship between personality traits

Predicting Burnout: Playing Well With Others Can Go a Long Way!

Topic: Burnout, Engagement
Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol 79
Article: Social strategies during university studies predict early career work burnout and engagement: 18-year longitudinal study
Authors: Salmela-Aro, K., Tolvanen, A., Nurmi, J. E.
Reviewed by: Larry Martinez

Supervisor support can tip work/family balance into equilibrium

Topic: Work-Life Balance
Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior (online pre-publication)
Article: A comparison of types of social support for lower-skill workers: Evidence for the importance of family supportive supervisors.
Authors: Muse, L. A., Pichler, S.
Reviewed by: Larry Martinez