Attachment at work and performance.


This paper examines the relations between self-reported attachment orientation at work and personality, self-esteem, trait emotional intelligence (aka emotional self-efficacy), and independently assessed career potential and job performance. Self-report data were collected from 211 managers in an international business in the hospitality industry; independent assessments of these managers' job performance and career potential were separately obtained from the organization. A self-report measure of romantic attachment was adapted for application in the work context; a two-factor solution was found for this measure. Secure/autonomous attachment orientation at work was positively related to self-esteem, trait emotional intelligence, extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, and also to job performance. Not only was secure/autonomous attachment orientation at work statistically predictive of job performance, but the new measure also made a distinct contribution, beyond conscientiousness, to this prediction.

DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2011.602254

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@article{Neustadt2011AttachmentAW, title={Attachment at work and performance.}, author={Elizabeth A Neustadt and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adrian Furnham}, journal={Attachment & human development}, year={2011}, volume={13 5}, pages={471-88} }