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Kondratowicz - Nowak Blanka and Anna Maria Zawadzka

The results of numerous studies proved that believing in free will supports many socially acceptable actions. Moreover, there are data that indicate positive correlation between selected job aspects and believing in the possession of free will. A study was carried out to test whether believing in the possession of free will has any impact on the perception of job characteristics. The research investigated whether the presence of selected job characteristics is affected by believing in free will. In the study 300 participants aged between 18 to 40 years old were examined (140 men and 160 women). All of them had a career. In the research, an original questionnaire was used which measured key job characteristics; free will was measured with the use of the Polish adaptation of FAD-4; well-being was explored on multiple levels by using the battery of tests: Cantril Ladder, SUPIN scale and selected positions from Social Diagnose. The outcome of the investigation suggested that believing in free will is positively associated with key job characteristics. It was also observed that people who believe in free will have higher score on the well-being scale. Respondents who held a belief in free will experienced more positive emotions in the last month than subjects who not believe in free will. Moreover, believing in free will supports assessing current life as the best one can have. Respondents who believed in free will were also more likely than others to expect the best of life five years ahead. Believing in free will has significant impact on perceiving job characteristic and well-being.