A1 Journal article (refereed)
Do Unnecessary Tasks Impair Performance Because They Harm Living a Calling? : Testing a Mediation in a Three-Wave Study (2022)


Mauno, S., Minkkinen, J., & Shimazu, A. (2022). Do Unnecessary Tasks Impair Performance Because They Harm Living a Calling? : Testing a Mediation in a Three-Wave Study. Journal of Career Assessment, 30(1), 94-109. https://doi.org/10.1177/10690727211018977


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Publication details

All authors or editorsMauno, Saija; Minkkinen, Jaana; Shimazu, Akihito

Journal or seriesJournal of Career Assessment

ISSN1069-0727

eISSN1552-4590

Publication year2022

Publication date24/05/2021

Volume30

Issue number1

Pages range94-109

PublisherSAGE Publications

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/10690727211018977

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75932


Abstract

This three-wave study explored whether living a calling (at work) mediated the relation between unnecessary tasks (time wasting work tasks) and socio-contextual performance at work (cynicism, organizational citizenship behavior). Participants were 518 Finnish white- and blue-collar employees, who were followed up in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The results of structural equation modeling showed that unnecessary tasks at Time 1 related negatively to living a calling at Time 2, which, in turn, related to cynicism and organizational citizenship behavior at T3. Thus, living a calling mediated the relation between unnecessary tasks and the outcomes. We found no evidence for the moderator role of living a calling between unnecessary tasks and the outcomes. Unnecessary tasks should be minimized in organizations to promote living a calling and subsequent positive outcomes predicted by calling.


Keywordsworkvocation (calling)work satisfactiontasksmeaningfulnesseffectivenesscynicismoccupational psychology

Free keywordsunnecessary tasks; living a calling; cynicism; organizational citizenship behavior; follow-up study


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1


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