Research by NUS Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab featured in BBC Worklife

A study by the NUS Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab, directed by Dr. Patricia Chen, developed and tested a Work Passion scale (pictured above) that was recently featured in BBC Worklife in an article titled “How a ‘growth mindset’ can lead to success” on 14 March 2020.

The feature article is available at:


Passion for work has become increasingly valued, as reflected by its ubiquity in popular and empirical discourse. Yet we lack scientific consensus on the definition of work passion, and a reliable, well-validated measure of work passion that is relevant to workers across various vocations. In this paper, we identified and integrated key themes from existing scientific conceptualizations into a precise definition: Passion for work means to strongly identify with a line of work that one feels motivated to engage in and derives positive affect from doing. We developed a 10-item Work Passion (WP) scale, which we tested across multiple studies with a total of 858 adults, including working adults from two different English-speaking cultural backgrounds (i.e., United States and Singapore), and a two-wave study of employees from various vocations. Our results showed that work passion is associated with a host of beneficial outcomes, including greater career commitment, lower levels of job burnout, less work-home conflict, and fewer physical symptoms. Our research (1) provides an integrated definition of work passion, (2) offers a reliable, cross-culturally tested scale, and (3) highlights important implications for work outcomes associated with being passionate towards one’s line of work.


Chen, P., Lee, F., & Lim, S. (2020). Loving thy work: Developing a measure of work passion. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology29, 140–158.

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