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Personality and Job Satisfaction There has been substantial research that has implied a connection between personality and job satisfaction Job satisfaction has been shown to have an influence over many job related factors such as performance inclination to quit and absenteeism Since there is some sort of connection should this relationship play a part when hiring new employees One personality factor that can play a part is locus of control Locus of control is a personality trait that refers to an individuals perception of the locus of events and how they occurNCREL A person with an internal locus of control believes they are the master of their own fate They believe that nothing will happen unless they alone make it happen Intern they have a high level of motivation and responsibility to make things happen With an external locus of control people feel that they are driven by outside forces These people believe in fate luck or that powerful others can determine there path Spector 224 They may be less likely to take the beginning initiative Locus of control has been suggested to be related to motivation performance satisfaction and turnover Employees that have an internal locus of control according to Paul Spector are more motivated perform better on the job express higher levels of job satisfaction and are less likely to display high levels of turnover Researchers have found that there is a dimension in personality having to do with a persons outlook on life It is classified into two different categories negative affectivity NA and positive affectivity PA Negative affectivity refers to the likelihood that a person experiences negative emotions in different situations This could be manifested as anxiety depression stress or other negative feelings It would be more likely that a person that suffers from negative affectivity would be more prone respond to their job in a negative way therefore causing low levels of job satisfaction performing at less than desirable
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