Title

The Influence of Work Personality on Job Satisfaction: Incremental Validity and Mediation Effects

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Drawing from recent developments regarding the contextual nature of personality (e.g., D. Wood & B. W. Roberts, 2006), we conducted 2 studies (1 cross-sectional and 1 longitudinal over 1 year) to examine the validity of work personality in predicting job satisfaction and its mediation of the effect of global personality on job satisfaction. Study 1 showed that (a) individuals vary systematically in their personality between roles— they were significantly more conscientious and open to experience and less extraverted at work compared to at home; (b) work personality was a better predictor of job satisfaction than both global personality and home personality; and (c) work personality demonstrated incremental validity above and beyond the other two personality measures. Study 2 further showed that each of the work personality dimensions fully mediated the association between its corresponding global personality trait and job satisfaction. Evidence for the discriminant validity of the findings is also presented.

Discipline

Human Resources Management

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Personality

Volume

77

Issue

4

First Page

1051

Last Page

1084

ISSN

0022-3506

Identifier

10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00574.x