Thriving at work: A mentoring-moderated process linking task identity and autonomy to job satisfaction

Zhou Jiang, Lee Di Milia, Yiqi Jiang, Xuan Jiang

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Building on two studies, this research explored thriving at work by considering task identity and autonomy as its antecedents and job satisfaction as its outcome, with a focus on the moderating role of mentoring. Through a three-wave survey conducted among 140 Chinese university students with volunteer work, Study 1 found that task identity and autonomy positively predicted thriving, which in turn was positively related to job satisfaction. This mediation effect of thriving was verified in Study 2 with a sample of 522 Australian student nurses undertaking a clinical placement job. Supporting the moderating role of mentoring, Study 2 also found that the effect of task identity on thriving as well as its indirect effect on job satisfaction via thriving became weaker when the quality of mentoring increased. These results not only offer important theoretical insights by confirming relatively new antecedents of thriving and their boundary condition (i.e., mentoring), but also generate practical implications regarding how to use motivating job characteristics and relational resources to foster positive individuals with enhanced well-being at work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103373
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Autonomy
  • Job satisfaction
  • Mentoring
  • Task identity
  • Thriving at work


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