Although reflection is believed to play a key role in promoting learning and performance, few studies have examined its effects on success and failure on well-being and positive behavioral outcomes. Thus, this study aims to explore the influence of reflection on success and failure on proactive behavior mediated through work authenticity, using a two-wave survey of employees from a municipal office in Japan (n = 219). The results of structural equation modeling indicated that reflection on success directly and indirectly enhanced proactive behavior through work authenticity, while reflection on failure had no significant influence on both work authenticity and proactive behavior. This study thus contributes to research on reflection and positive psychology by identifying the role of reflection on success in promoting employees’ well-being and positive behavioral outcomes.
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This work was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (grant number 18 K01744).
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Matsuo, M. Reflection on success in promoting authenticity and proactive behavior: A two-wave study. Curr Psychol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01352-z
- Work authenticity
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