High self-esteem prospectively predicts better work conditions and outcomes

Kuster, Farah; Orth, Ulrich; Meier, Laurenz L. (2013). High self-esteem prospectively predicts better work conditions and outcomes. Social psychological and personality science, 4(6), pp. 668-675. Sage 10.1177/1948550613479806

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We examined the reciprocal prospective relations between self-esteem and work conditions and outcomes, including justice at work, support at work, work stressors, job satisfaction, job success, and counterproductive work behavior. Data came from two independent longitudinal studies, including five assessments over an 8-month period (N = 663, age 16–62 years) and three assessments over a 2-year period (N = 600, age 22–51 years), respectively. Across both studies, high self-esteem prospectively predicted better work conditions and outcomes, whereas nearly all of the reverse effects (i.e., work conditions and outcomes predicting self-esteem) were nonsignificant. The results held for both male and female participants. If future research supports the causality of the self-esteem effects, interventions aimed at improving self-esteem might be useful in increasing an individual’s well-being and success at work, which consequently might be beneficial for employers.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1948-5506

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannine Sebel

Date Deposited:

03 Apr 2014 09:31

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 11:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1948550613479806

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43918

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43918

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