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|Title:||Personality, motivation and job satisfaction: Hertzberg meets the Big Five|
|Author(s):||Adrian Furnham, (University College London, London, UK), Andreas Eracleous, (University College London, London, UK), Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, (Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK)|
|Citation:||Adrian Furnham, Andreas Eracleous, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, (2009) "Personality, motivation and job satisfaction: Hertzberg meets the Big Five", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 24 Iss: 8, pp.765 - 779|
|Keywords:||Job satisfaction, Motivation (psychology), Personality|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/02683940910996789 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The current study aims to investigate the extent to which personality and demographic variables contribute to motivation and job satisfaction as defined by the two-factor theory.
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 202 fulltime workers completed three questionnaires measuring their personality, work motivation and satisfaction.
Findings – Results demonstrate that between 9 and 15 per cent of the variance in motivation is accounted for by demographic variables and the Big Five personality traits. In line with previous findings (Judge
Research limitations/implications – This study was restricted to self-report measure. It never took into consideration other potential confounds like a person's job history, level and responsibilities. It also showed personality factors accounted for very little evidence of the variance.
Practical implications – Implications are discussed in terms of attempts to improve employee attitudes without considering the effects of individual differences. An acknowledgement that individual differences can affect the success of an intervention, may contribute to the design of effective work reorganisation schemes that are better suited to the employees they seek to benefit.
Originality/value – The value of this paper was that it looked at how personality and demographic factors may influence a person's work satisfaction.
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