Character in the workplace : self directedness mediates harm avoidance in the prediction of job performance

O'Connor, Peter J. (2011) Character in the workplace : self directedness mediates harm avoidance in the prediction of job performance. In Jimmieson, Nerina L. (Ed.) 9th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference Proceedings, Australian Psychological Society, Brisbane, Qld.

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The purpose of this study was to test a model of the relationship between temperament, character and job performance, in order to better understand the cause of stable individual differences in job performance. Personality was conceptualized in terms of Cloninger, Svrakic and Przybeck’s (1993) theoretical framework of personality. It was expected that Self Directedness (character) would mediate Harm Avoidance and Persistence (temperament) in the prediction of job performance. In order to test the hypotheses, a sample of 94 employee/supervisor pairs was recruited from several organizations across Australia. Participants completed a number of questionnaires online, regarding their personality traits (completed by employees) and Job Performance (completed by Supervisors). Consistent with the hypothesis, Self Directedness was found to be a moderate, direct predictor of job performance. Also consistent with the hypothesis, Self Directedness mediated Harm Avoidance in the prediction of job performance. Results show that character (Self Directedness) is important in the prediction of job performance, and also suggests that fearful, avoidant individuals are less likely to perform well in the workplace, based on their low level of character development.

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ID Code: 59011
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self directedness, Harm Avoidance , Job Performance
ISBN: 9780909881504
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the author
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2013 00:59
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 15:25

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