PASSION: THE BE WUCA! WAY TO A BETTER WORKFORCE

The Be WUCA! Way, The ART of getting along, describes Comfort as being comfortable in your skin. Being comfortable in your own skin is to know your Purpose, have Passion for what you do, create a vivid Vision for the future, and establish Goals to get you there. 

Passion equals employee engagement. Do you focus on your employee's passion? The study cited here suggests you should.

Dr. Patch Adams once described his commitment and persistence to alleviating the pain of hospitalized children as a by-product of his passion. According to this model, dedicated employees are passionate ones. Passion is said to come in at least two forms: a) harmonious passion results from an individual’s intrinsic desire to engage in an activity, and b) obsessive passion refers to an uncontrollable compulsion to engage in an activity that one sees as self-defining.

A study, "Energizing Our Way to a Better Workforce: Examination of employee energy and passion" Brooke A. Baker, B.A., Clemson University, Amber N. Schroeder, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University, and Robin M. Kowalski, Ph.D., Clemson University, examined personality (i.e., Big Five) and energy (i.e., physical, mental, and emotional energy) as passion determinants in a sample of 47 undergraduate students (66.0% female, 78.7% White/Caucasian, mean age of 20.7 years) from a southeastern U.S. university.

In examining the link between personality and passion, harmonious passion was positively related to extroversion, emotional stability, and (albeit marginally) openness to experience. In addition, obsessive passion had a marginal inverse association with agreeableness and conscientiousness. Energy was also related to passion (i.e., physical energy was positively correlated with harmonious passion and obsessive passion, and emotional energy was marginally positively linked to harmonious passion). A hierarchical regression was also conducted to examine whether personality and energy demonstrated discriminate validity in the prediction of passion. Results indicate that there was a main effect for physical energy in predicting both harmonious and obsessive passion after controlling for personality, and there was a marginal main effect for emotional energy in the obsessive passion model.

Study results indicate that both personality and energy are related to passion, and notably, physical and emotional energy each demonstrate incremental variance over personality in the prediction of passion.

This study has important organizational implications because whereas many organizations utilize personality testing in their selection process (and, thereby, hire employees with the positive personality traits shown to be linked to passion), employee energy is often overlooked. However, study results suggest that organizational interventions aimed at increasing employee physical and emotional well-being (and, thereby, physical and emotional energy) (e.g., employee wellness programs or emotion regulation training) may also have a positive impact on employee passion. As such, these findings illustrate yet another benefit of fostering a work environment that encourages employee physical and emotional health.

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