How to Improve Your Job Satisfaction and Performance
Core self-evaluations (CSE) is the personality trait responsible for your temperament, overall wellbeing, judgment about your circumstances (e.g. how satisfied we are with our job) and a key driver of your behavior (e.g. how well we perform our job).
Core self-evaluations 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.
Employees with high Core self-evaluations have more energy and enthusiasm and they are far better equipped at coping with stress and setbacks. They are also better at capitalizing on opportunities.
Knowing your locus of control, neuroticism, self-efficacy and self-esteem will give you valuable insight into how to have more success, and better engage, empower and motivate others.
The 4 Components to Core Self-Evaluation
1. Locus of Control
There are two kinds of people: those who attribute their success to their own doing, and those who believe that to forces outside their control are responsible for their success?
If you’re an Internal, you believe you control your future. If so, you’re more likely to be more satisfied with your work and perform it better.
If you’re an External, you’re more deterministic, and believe in fate and destiny.
Do you or 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.
Do you or your team members have strong beliefs in their ability to accomplish challenging tasks and goals? If so they have high self-efficacy.
Self-efficacy is 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.)
Self-esteem is the approval you have for yourself and the extent to which you see yourself 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.
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