Core Self-Evaluation

The Personality Trait Responsible for Job Satisfaction and Job Performance: Core Self-Evaluation

Core self-evaluations (CSE) is the personality trait responsible for our temperament, overall wellbeing, judgment about our circumstances (e.g. how satisfied we are with our job) and a key driver of our behavior (e.g. how well we perform our job). (CSE) theory is an emerging branch of industrial-organizational psychology that has found that the judgments we make about our self-worth, competence, and abilities directly impact job satisfaction and job performance.

Core Self-Evaluation and Employee Engagement

Employees with high Core self-evaluations levels are naturally more more engaged than their lower scoring colleagues. Not only more satisfied with their jobs and perform them better, they are also more confident, motivated and enthusiastic about their work. Their energy and enthusiasm is much higher and they are far better equipped at coping with stress and setbacks. They are also better at capitalizing on opportunities.

Assessing for locus of control, neuroticism, self-efficacy and self-esteem will give you valuable insight into how to better engage, empower and motivate your greatest resource: your employees.

The 4 Components to Core Self-Evaluation

1. Locus of Control

Which of your employees attributes their success to their own doing, and which to forces outside their control? Internals believe they control their futures and are thus more satisfied with their work, and perform it better. Externals are more deterministic, or believe in fate and destiny.

2. Neuroticism

Do any of your employees get anxious, angry or depressed easily? Those with a tendency to easily experience unpleasant emotions have high neuroticism and will react far more negatively to stress. Those with high EQ/EI are more engaged, have less conflict with others and are better leaders.

3. Self-efficacy

Do your team members have strong beliefs in their ability to accomplish challenging tasks and goals? If so they have high self-efficacy; the personality trait responsible for how likely they are to succeed with current goals and tasks or take on a challenging assignment or “write it off” as impossible (How likely we are to adhere to a diet or workout program is dictated by our self-efficacy.)

4. Self-esteem

Self-esteem is the approval we have of ourselves and the extent to which we see ourselves as capable, significant, successful, and worthy. It is one of the most essential of the CSE domains because it is the overall value we place on ourselves as human beings.

Although still in its infancy, the discipline of raising employee core-self evaluation levels to generate increased employee engagement levels and productivity has many HR departments extremely encouraged.

Try it for yourself. Take this brief, ten question Core Self-Evaluation developed by Judge, Erez, Bono, & Thoreson and let us respond with information to help you, your employees and your company.

When I try, I generally succeed

Sometimes when I fail, I feel worthless

I complete tasks successfully

Sometimes I do not feel in control of my work

Overall I am satisfied with myself

I am filled with doubts about my competence

I determine what will happen in my life

I do not feel in control of my success in my career

I am confident I get the success I deserve

Sometimes I feel depressed.

You have finished the quiz.

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