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Taking the chance: Core Self-Evaluations predict relative gain in job resources following turnover

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Elfering A. Keller A. Meier L. L. Kälin W. Berset M. Grebner S. Tschan F. Monnerat F.,
Project Individual Trajectories of Working Life in Switzerland
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal SpringerPlus
Volume (Issue) 5
Page(s) 1702
Title of proceedings SpringerPlus
DOI 10.1186/s40064-016-3365-0

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Core self-evaluations (CSE) might account for relative gains in job resources across time, especially in situations when these individual differences affect behavior that is relevant for development of job resources. This longitudinal study tests CSE as an individual resource that predicts relative gain in job resources and job satisfaction among job beginners who change or stay with their employer. A questionnaire was filled in by 513 adolescents shortly before the end of vocational training and one year later. Our results replicate previous findings suggesting that job satisfaction is affected by CSE directly and indirectly through the perception of job resources. Multi-group structural equation analysis showed that only leavers had a longitudinal indirect effect of CSE on job satisfaction at the end of vocational training via job resources during their first year of employment. Our findings imply that turnover includes opportunities to optimize one’s circumstances and that CSE helps to attain resourceful jobs.