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Posted on Oct 03, 03:03PM | IANS
A job is cherished if it fits one's own signature strengths, traits linked with positive values such as self-control, teamwork or kindness, according to a finding.
These findings are from the first ever twin study conducted by Claudia Harzer and Willibald Ruch, professor at the University of Zurich.
Harzer and Ruch interviewed over 1,000 working people about whether they are able to apply their strengths at work and how positively they experience their work.
In their second study, besides self-assessments they also analyze how the test subjects' colleagues rate the applicability of the character strengths, according to a Zurich statement.
The degree of positive experiences increases with the number of signature strengths applied.
In both studies, people who are able to apply four or more signature strengths at work have the highest values in terms of positive experience.
They enjoy work more, are more wrapped up in it, perceive their work as more meaningful and are more satisfied with their job. A job description for nursing staff, for example, might contain a lot about hygiene but not so much on friendly conduct.
Nonetheless, we can expect patient care to be more successful if the nursing staff is friendly and sympathetic.
Harzer and Ruch's findings provide insights that might be useful for the selection of personnel, human resources development and workplace design.
"If it is clarified which character strengths are central for the job before a position is filled, a person can be recruited based on these strengths. Employers and employees only stand to benefit from this," explained Harzer.