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Personality, work, and satisfaction: evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel


Winkelmann, Liliana; Winkelmann, Rainer (2008). Personality, work, and satisfaction: evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel. Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(4):266-275.

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Previous studies in positive psychology have indicated that work satisfaction is an important determinant of individual well-being. Research has suggested that people are most satisfied with their work when they are doing what they are drawn to naturally. We provide further evidence on this issue from a large representative data set, the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The 2005 wave of the SOEP contains a battery of personality questions as well as detailed information on personal life and work life. We extract the Big Five personality factors and one character strength: vitality. The main results are based on regression analysis. The analysis supports the hypothesis that certain personality clusters are more predominant in some occupations than in others. Furthermore, an alignment between personal profile and occupational profile tends to be related positively to satisfaction. These results indicate that ignoring mental aspects of work has its price in terms of well-being. They also highlight the importance of studying the way we structure work and harness personality and individual strengths within positive psychology.

Previous studies in positive psychology have indicated that work satisfaction is an important determinant of individual well-being. Research has suggested that people are most satisfied with their work when they are doing what they are drawn to naturally. We provide further evidence on this issue from a large representative data set, the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The 2005 wave of the SOEP contains a battery of personality questions as well as detailed information on personal life and work life. We extract the Big Five personality factors and one character strength: vitality. The main results are based on regression analysis. The analysis supports the hypothesis that certain personality clusters are more predominant in some occupations than in others. Furthermore, an alignment between personal profile and occupational profile tends to be related positively to satisfaction. These results indicate that ignoring mental aspects of work has its price in terms of well-being. They also highlight the importance of studying the way we structure work and harness personality and individual strengths within positive psychology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:October 2008
Deposited On:07 Nov 2008 16:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:31
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1743-9760
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(4):266-275. The Journal of Positive Psychology is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760802399232
Publisher DOI:10.1080/17439760802399232
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4659

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