Decision-Making

Debrief

The activity is complete. We'd like to tell you a little bit about the purpose of the study.
This study examines the idea that having passion for your work, which is an idea  that is often encouraged and indeed does lead to positive outcomes for the person and the organization, can have a negative side. That is, managers may feel that since you have this passion it is okay to ask you to do more things than might be asked of an employee who works hard but has no particular or stated passion for the work. In other words, employees who have a passion for their work (typically jobs that include a lot of creativity or a sense of purpose) can be taken advantage of.
In this study all participants saw the same brief description of "John".  However, in Condition 2 participants read this extra sentence at the end of John's description:
  • John did the work because he has a very strong passion for art. Indeed, his passion for art is the most powerful driving force behind his work at the organization.
 
We are expecting that those who saw this statement (condition 2) might give higher numbers (i.e, "yes, it's a legitimate request") to each of the out-of-the-ordinary requests asked of John when he was described as having passion as above.
So what did we find in this activity? Interested in the results? Click the Continue button.