Research directly linking emotions and work has generally been limited to investigation of global constructs like job satisfaction or stress rather than analysis of specific emotions. The current research investigates specific emotions elicited in response to an industrial participation program in industry. Two approaches were used: (1) according to common underlying dimensions, and (2) based on discrete categories. The former approach led to the construction of new variables relating to emotions. The latter was used to link specific emotions to industrial participation. In addition, exploratory analyses on group demographic differences were carried out. Questionnaires were distributed to a trainee and a workforce sample within the same organisation. It was found that: (a) the emotions of the trainee and workforce samples could not be generalised, (b) that the discrete taxonomy of Pekrun and Frese (1992) could not represent the range of emotions at work, and (c) that group differences in emotions towards work exist. Future directions for classifying and linking work and emotions are discussed.
Best paper and abstract proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27-29 June 1997,