International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


To Work or not to Work: The Measurement of Non-financial Employment Commitment
Raphael Snir

A useful indicator of non-financial employment commitment (NFEC) is the classic lottery question: Imagine you won a lottery or inherited a large sum of money and could live comfortably for the rest of your life without working. What would you do about work? (1) I would stop working, (2) I would continue to work at the same job, (3) I would continue to work but under different conditions. Answers 2 and 3 are both considered an expression of a desire to continue working, and are usually combined. However, some claim that the dichotomous classification of a desire to continue/stop working is misleading. Furthermore, the exact nature of the so-called 'different conditions' after a hypothetical win concerning the number of desired weekly work hours, as well as the expected relative centrality of work, are unclear. Two studies examined these claims and present two modified NFEC measures.

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