The Active Employee

Reconsidering the role of the individual worker in relation to the work context

Authored by: Maria Tims , Dorien Kooij

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138604940
eBook ISBN: 9780429468339
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For a long time, it was thought that satisfied and committed employees would perform best and that organizations therefore needed to focus on those factors that increase employee job satisfaction and commitment. Notwithstanding the positive associations reported between job satisfaction, commitment, and job performance (for meta-analyses see Judge, Thoresen, Bono, & Patton, 2001; Riketta, 2002), it is questioned more and more whether attitudes, such as job satisfaction and organizational commitment, are still relevant for contemporary work organizations. For example, van Veldhoven and Dorenbosch (2008) asked themselves whether a satisfied and committed workforce still has “what it takes” in contemporary organizational settings (p. 113). Likewise, Parker and Bindl (2017, p. 31) conclude that “there are numerous forces arising from technological, social, and demographic changes, which imply that proactivity will be on the organizational radar for the foreseeable future”.

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