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The good character at work: an initial study on the contribution of character strengths in identifying healthy and unhealthy work-related behavior and experience patterns


Gander, Fabian; Proyer, Rene T; Ruch, Willibald; Wyss, T (2012). The good character at work: an initial study on the contribution of character strengths in identifying healthy and unhealthy work-related behavior and experience patterns. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 85(8):895-904.

Abstract

Purpose Positive psychological functioning has been related to various positive work-related outcome variables, such as job satisfaction or work engagement. The aim of the present study was to examine the relations between morally positively valued traits (i.e., strengths of character) and work-related behaviors.
Method: A sample of 887 adult women completed the Val- ues in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) and the Work-related Behavior and Experience Patterns Question- naire (AVEM) in an online survey.
Results: Those assigned to healthy work-related behavior and experience patterns diVered in their strengths proWles from those that demonstrated unhealthy patterns (i.e., burn- out type) in a predictable way. Especially the strengths of zest, persistence, hope, and curiosity seemed to play a key role in healthy and ambitious work behavior.
Conclusions: The study underlines the relevance of char- acter strengths in work settings and suggests that interventions based on character strengths could substantiate interventions already existing at the workplace in order to enhance positive work outcomes further (e.g., work satis- faction, engagement).

Abstract

Purpose Positive psychological functioning has been related to various positive work-related outcome variables, such as job satisfaction or work engagement. The aim of the present study was to examine the relations between morally positively valued traits (i.e., strengths of character) and work-related behaviors.
Method: A sample of 887 adult women completed the Val- ues in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) and the Work-related Behavior and Experience Patterns Question- naire (AVEM) in an online survey.
Results: Those assigned to healthy work-related behavior and experience patterns diVered in their strengths proWles from those that demonstrated unhealthy patterns (i.e., burn- out type) in a predictable way. Especially the strengths of zest, persistence, hope, and curiosity seemed to play a key role in healthy and ambitious work behavior.
Conclusions: The study underlines the relevance of char- acter strengths in work settings and suggests that interventions based on character strengths could substantiate interventions already existing at the workplace in order to enhance positive work outcomes further (e.g., work satis- faction, engagement).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Burnout · Character strengths · Positive psychology · Work-related behavior and experience
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 15:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:29
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-0131
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00420-012-0736-x

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