All in the name of work? Nonwork orientations as predictors of salary, career, satisfaction, and life satisfaction

Hirschi, Andreas; Herrmann, Anne; Nagy, Noemi; Spurk, Daniel (2016). All in the name of work? Nonwork orientations as predictors of salary, career, satisfaction, and life satisfaction. Journal of vocational behavior, 95-96, pp. 45-57. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.07.006

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Career development increasingly demands a successful integration of work and nonwork domains. Based on work-nonwork conflict and enrichment theories, this study explored the relationship between nonwork orientations (i.e., family, personal life, and community) and both objective (i.e., salary) and subjective (i.e., career satisfaction) career success and life satisfaction over a period of six months among a sample of 548 employees from Germany. The results generally support the enrichment perspective. Family orientation showed a positive relationship with career satisfaction. All three nonwork orientations, especially family orientation, were positively related to life satisfaction. We also explored gender and age effects but found no differences in nonwork orientations between young employees aged 25–34 years and older workers aged 50–59 years. Men showed lower levels of personal life orientation than women, but no differences in family or community orientation based on gender were found. We also did not observe gender x age interaction effects. We discuss the study's implications for a whole-life perspective on career development, career success, and well-being.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas and Spurk, Daniel


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology








Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2017 10:00

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Nonwork orientations; Work-home perspective; Career success; Life satisfaction




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