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Filtering by Tag: organizational identification

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.

Employees who are better embedded in their communities are more attached and motivated at work

Franziska Baumeler

Community embeddedness enhances the feeling of also being more integrated in one's organization, according to a US study. This higher organizational embeddedness then leads to higher work motivation and identification with one's organization, as the study further shows. This suggests that being connected into a community outside of work can positively influence outcomes at work. The study is further evidence that work and nonwork areas of life are closely related and can be mutually beneficial.

Human Relations