Why are perfectionists more satisfied with their jobs? Adaptive aspect of perfectionism and the role of calling

[Speaker] Kim, Ha Ram Julia:1
[Co-author] Lee, Ki-hak:1
1:Yonsei University (Korea(Republic of Korea))

Recent conceptualization of perfectionism identified the positive aspects of the construct. Working adults with perfectionism were reported to be more engaged at work, feel less strain and therefore more satisfied with their job. Yet, the process in which perfectionism results in positive work outcomes is relatively understudied. The purpose of this study was to find out the mechanism in which perfectionism leads to more satisfaction in job setting. Calling was hypothesized to be the mediating factor that explains the relationship between perfectionism and job satisfaction. A sample of Korean working adults (N = 185) completed questionnaires on perfectionism, experience of calling, and job satisfaction, along with demographic information. Results of the multiple regression analysis indicated that the relationship between perfectionism and job satisfaction was fully mediated by calling. Workers with perfectionism, who set high goals and personal standards, also had sense of calling in their work, leading to higher satisfaction.
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