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Personality and engagement at work: the mediating role of psychological meaningfulness

Woods, SA and Sofat, JA (2013) Personality and engagement at work: the mediating role of psychological meaningfulness Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 (11). pp. 2203-2210.

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Abstract

In this study, we examined the associations of personality traits of the Big Five model with work engagement, and tested a theoretical model in which these associations are mediated by the positive state of psychological meaningfulness (perceptions that work is valuable and meaningful). In a sample of 238 UK working adults, we found that the personality facets assertiveness and industriousness were the strongest predictors of work engagement, and that both exhibited direct and indirect effects, mediated by psychological meaningfulness. Neuroticism demonstrated a marginal indirect association with engagement, again mediated by psychological meaningfulness. Our findings offered good support for our model, explaining a pathway from personality traits to engagement. Practical implications for management are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Management
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Woods, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sofat, JAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 10 October 2013
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12171
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013 Wiley Periodicals Inc. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Sep 2016 13:18
Last Modified : 21 Sep 2016 13:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812272

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