Zest and work
Journal of Organizational Behavior, Special Issue: The Emerging Positive Agenda, 30(2), 161–172.
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 front organizational scholars, especially how it can be encouraged in the workplace. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons. Ltd.