Some Traits Associated with Flourishing at Work

Joyce E. Bono, Stacy E. Davies and Rena L. Rasch

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Some Traits Associated with Flourishing at Work

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This chapter focuses on personality traits associated with flourishing at work. Flourishing is defined broadly to include employee thriving (e.g., vitality and learning), happiness (e.g., positive moods and emotions), and engagement (e.g., job satisfaction and self-determined motivation). Two broad traits (extraversion and core self-evaluations) were identified as being central to employee flourishing. Examination of the behaviors, attitudes, emotions, and outcomes experienced by people high in these traits leads to the conclusion that people who naturally flourish at work (because of their personality) tend to have a positive approach to the self, others, and work situations, and also tend to take an active, engaged, and forward-looking approach to work, especially in novel or challenging situations.

Keywords: Self-determination; core-self evaluations; positive emotions; extraversion; flourishing

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Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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