Title

Replicating and Extending Past Personality/Job Satisfaction Meta-Analyses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/08959280902743709

Abstract

A meta-analysis summarizing results of 187 studies reporting cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships between job satisfaction and personality is described. The Big Five factor of Neuroticism related most strongly and negatively to job satisfaction (−.25), with the other factors ranging from .16 (Conscientiousness) to −.02 (Openness to Experience). Job satisfaction was positively related to internal locus of control (LOC), positive affectivity, and Type A (achievement striving). Results showed negative relationships with external LOC, trait anger, Machiavellianism, negative affectivity/trait anxiety, and Type A (global and impatience/irritability). Job satisfaction had a very weak, negative correlation with narcissism that was indistinguishable from zero. These relationships were similar, although the effect sizes were generally not as strong, when examined in a longitudinal context. The distinctiveness of Extraversion and positive affectivity, as well as that of global and composite measures of job satisfaction, are discussed.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Human Performance, v. 22, issue 2, p. 156-189

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