The influence of personality on sustainable employability

Postdate: 28 March 2017

Sustainable employability

It is important for sustainable employability that the possibilities, work attitude, and motivation of the employee suit the kind of work even if this changes [1]. Possibilities are include knowledge and skills that are necessary for the job. In other words, do I have the right qualifications for this work? Work attitude and motivation includes someone’s behaviour at the work floor. You can often trace these back to the personality of an employee.

Personality treats

Personality treats can have a positive and negative influence on sustainable employability. The personality theory assumes that there are patterns in the behaviour, emotions, and way of thinking of people. A person will generally respond in predictable ways in different situations, also on the work floor [2]. In recruitment processes one often uses the Big 5 personality model. This model describes 5 personality treats: extraversion, kindness, attentiveness, emotional stability and openness for experiences/ideas. According to research it also says something about the degree in which people are sustainable employable:

Extravert persons are positive, assertive and active. Extraversion is a good predictor for the functioning on the work floor. When extravert persons are dissatisfied about their employability, they are most likely to take on action in order to improve their employability.

Attentiveness features itself among other things by self-discipline, pursuit of success and being dutiful. It increases the chance that employees take personal development serious, which contributes to a sustainable employability.

Emotional unstable people are anxious, rather depressed, angry and sad. These persons often judge situations as pessimistic. As a result, it is expected to have a negative correlation between emotional instability and employability.

Treats of openness for new experiences are curiosity, originality, open mindedness and intelligence. These are people who are open to trainings and the development of new skills, and are able to accept changes more easily. Good for their sustainable employability.

The last personality treat is kindness characterized by being courteous, flexible, reliable, cooperative and tolerant. Especially flexibility and being cooperative are conditions for sustainable employability.

Translation to the work floor

What can you do with this information if sustainable employability is an important goal within your company? The chance is small that all your colleagues are completely extravert, attentive, emotional stable, open-minded and kind. First, it all starts at the entrance. When you know which treats an (internal) applicant has, it is important to look if these suit the conditions of the function. Attentiveness is a must for a controller. Second, an employee can learn cooping mechanisms in order to fulfil expectations that in the first instance are not natural to him or her. An introvert person can learn to make cases negotiable, and someone who is not very attentive may teach him or herself self-discipline. A possible tool for this is Tsuru.

Tsuru changes behaviour and focus primarily on internal, ‘makeable’ factors. An employee can learn skills that make him or her able to keep the same results, even when the work environment or kind of work is changing. This results in a better sustainable employability and a higher motivation and productivity. Besides Tsuru has a personal, holistic approach and is evidence based. The founders have invested, together with a group of medical specialists and scientist, more than four years in the development of a model based on algorithms. Both the profiling as coaching programs of Tsuru are based on techniques that are used in psychotherapeutic settings.

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Also see: [1] E.H. Peeters, 2014; [2] Wille, Fruyt & Feys, 2013

behaviour     employees     personality     sustainable employability     work floor    

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