Proactive personality and job satisfaction: Social support and Hope as mediators

Abstract

In today’s world of excessive burnout and turnover, it is essential to understand how job satisfaction can be improved in workers. Few studies have investigated the association between proactive personality and job satisfaction in the Chinese context. This study aims to examine this association and the mediating role of social support and hope in this association. Participants for this study were workers from petroleum mining areas in Northeast China (n = 590). Data were collected by administering a self-reported electronic questionnaire. Regression analysis was used to test the proposed model. The results revealed that after controlling for gender and age, proactive personality significantly predicts job satisfaction. Proactive personality also predicted job satisfaction through social support and hope independently and sequentially. These findings show the effect of proactive personality traits on workers’ job satisfaction. Thus, understanding the personality characteristics of the workers and the work environmental factors will aid in improving their job satisfaction.

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Wang, H., Lei, L. Proactive personality and job satisfaction: Social support and Hope as mediators. Curr Psychol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01379-2

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Keywords

  • Proactive personality
  • Social support
  • Hope
  • Job satisfaction
  • Resource-based cities
  • Workers