Research shows there are three main types of workers, and the
category you come under depends largely on your parents.
The University of Michigan study looked at people's "work orientation"
, or their attitude towards the meaning of work, The Week reported .
Job-oriented people work as a means to an end - they see their
job primarily as a way to make money and they look for meaning in life outside work hours.
Career-oriented people see their job as identity-defining and use
it to upgrade their lifestyle and social status.Calling-oriented people approach work as a way to pursue their
life's passion and want to positively influence the world.
The research found the relationship you had with your mother
and father during adolescence influences the type of worker you
become as an adult.
"Socialisation during adolescence is the mechanism through
which this persistent link is established," said Wayne Baker,
professor at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Co-author Kathryn Deckas, who is Google's People Analytics
Manager, said the study suggests the way people see their work is fairly deep-seated.
"It is influenced by the way one's parents saw their work, no
matter whether parents and children share the same occupation."
If you were close to your father during adolescence you likely
followed in his footsteps - no matter whether he was job, career
The research also found that if you were close with your mother
you were much less likely to be job-oriented.
Unlike career-oriented fathers, career-oriented mothers did not influence their children to become career-oriented as adults.