Work Preferences:
Vocational Interests and Values

Hansen, J.-I. C., & Wiernik, B. M.
In D. S. Ones, N. Anderson, C. Viswesvaran, & H. K. Sinangil (Eds.),
The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology (2nd ed.)
Volume 1: Personnel psychology and employee performance, 408–448.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
(2018, in press)

In the early days of applied psychology, vocational interests, and to some extent work values, were viewed as important person and environment constructs. Career decision-making interventions were designed to optimize the P-E fit of interests and values, as well as abilities, with the intent of increasing worker satisfaction, well-being, and performance and reducing turnover. As applied psychology evolved into specialties, industrial, work, and organizational psychology focused less on interests and values and more on knowledge, skills and abilities. In recognition of a renewed IWO emphasis on interests and values, this chapter provides an overview of current knowledge about interests and values in the context of factors important to organizations and workers and provides suggestions for applications and future research directions.