The relationship between personality and job satisfaction across occupations

Maria Törnroos, Markus Jokela, Christian Hakulinen

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Abstract

Research shows that people select themselves and are selected into occupations, partly because of their personality, and this has implications for their person-environment fit. Although it has been shown that personality congruence between the individual and the environment is important to job satisfaction, the effect of personality congruence in occupations on job satisfaction is not well understood. In a sample of 22,787 individuals, nested within 25 occupational groups from the British Household Panel Survey and the UK Household Longitudinal Study, we examined (1) whether average levels of personality vary across occupational groups, and (2) whether there is a cross-level interaction between the occupational mean personality and the individual's personality, with job satisfaction. We found there were modest differences across occupational groups in all FFM traits. Neuroticism and openness interacted with the corresponding mean personality, showing that for these traits the fit between an individual's personality and the average personality of the occupation makes a difference for job satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume145
Issue numberJuly
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
ISSN0191-8869
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26.03.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Job satisfaction
  • Personality
  • Person-environment fit
  • Person-occupation fit

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