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Organizational commitment is influenced by personality

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Organizational commitment is influenced by personality

Noemi Nagy

How committed you are to your organization is influenced by your personality, according to researchers from Australia. The Five Factor Model (FFM) of personality describes personality with five main traits: Agreeableness, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness and Emotional Stability. Agreeableness was found to be positively related to organizational commitment whereas Emotional Stability, Extraversion, and Openness to Experience had negative relationships with organizational commitment. These insights offer valuable inputs for employee selection and retention in organizations as they show, that some people are likely to be predisposed to have positive attitudes toward their employing organizations. Therefore, selection on all FFM traits can be important for obtaining and retaining committed employees in conjunction with employee support programs. 

Choi, D., Oh, I. S., & Colbert, A. E. (2015). Understanding organizational commitment: A meta-analytic examination of the roles of the five-factor model of personality and culture. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(5), 1542-1567.