Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together? An Examination of Calling, Congruence, Job Design and Personality as Predictors of Job Satisfaction and Tenure

C Nillsen, Jo Earl, F Elizondo, P Wadlington

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    Abstract

    This study explored whether congruence, calling, job characteristics or personality were better predictors of job satisfaction and tenure. The sample consisted of 1968 employees across four different job roles: sales engineers (N=309), graphic designers (N=383), teachers (N=481) and clergy (N=795). Data was collected as part of a selection and development centre battery. Results found evidence of calling, with clergy reporting significantly higher levels of work satisfaction and tenure, despite the absence of some personality predictors (i.e. conscientiousness) and job characteristics (task identity, feedback). In general personality [particularly conscientiousness (+) and neuroticism (-)] along with job characteristics (variety and autonomy) were the most likely predictors of satisfaction across the different roles. No evidence could be found that congruence predicted work satisfaction or tenure. Results have implications for renewed interest in the role of calling according to its original definition and question the role of congruence in determining best fit especially in the context of vocational assessments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-24
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
    Volume35
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2014

    Keywords

    • calling
    • congruence
    • job satisfaction
    • person-Environment fit
    • personality
    • tenure

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