Birds of a feather flock together: How congruence between worker and occupational personality relates to job satisfaction over time

Ghetta, Anja; Hirschi, Andreas; Wang, Mo; Rossier, Jérôme; Herrmann, Anne (2020). Birds of a feather flock together: How congruence between worker and occupational personality relates to job satisfaction over time. Journal of vocational behavior, 119, p. 103412. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103412

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Person–environment fit (P–E fit) and job satisfaction are key constructs in vocational and organizational research. Research established that they are positively related, but little is known about how they relate over time. We analyzed P–E fit as the congruence between the Big Five personality traits of a worker and of all job incumbents in the same occupation, and how this congruence relates to job satisfaction over time. Analyses were based on 7049 participants from the German Socio-Economic Panel from 2005, 2009, and 2013. We used latent change score modeling to assess changes in congruence and job satisfaction over eight years, and further created 3D response surface plots based on polynomial regression to investigate nonlinear relations between each Big Five trait and job satisfaction. Change in P–E fit was not related to simultaneous change in job satisfaction and did not predict subsequent change in job satisfaction. The surface analyses indicated that a worker's and an occupation's personality are primarily independently relevant for the level of job satisfaction and that effects differ for different personality traits.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Ghetta, Anja and Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0001-8791

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

15 Feb 2021 16:21

Last Modified:

28 Apr 2021 15:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103412

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Person–environment fit ; Personality ; Job satisfaction ; Latent change score model; Response surface analysis

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152143

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152143

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