STUDY: SEEING WORK AS A ‘CALLING’ CAUSES BURNOUT

Many coaches encourage clients to find their calling, but such encouragement should come with a health warning, suggests research. Viewing work as a calling often leads to burnout and problematic behaviour, according to a study by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Sally Maitlis, professor of organisational behaviour and leadership at Oxford, said, “Because a sense of calling is often rooted in strong ideological beliefs, and in some cases bound up with identity and a sense of self, individuals can experience confusion and a painful tension between deeply held values and the realities of the work.” The study among 50 […]

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