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Personality is the configuration of thought, emotions and behaviors (Funder, 2013). Locke argues that job satisfaction is a positive state that derives from appraisal of a job experience (as cited in Ilies & Judge, 2004, p. 367). Job satisfaction has consistently been shown to affect productivity. The purpose of this study was to determine if employee judgements of managerial personality characteristics contribute to the overall satisfaction of the employee. I surveyed 79 individuals from the Bridgewater State University community and beyond, each being at least 18 years of age and employed to some capacity. The survey measured the level of employee job satisfaction overall, as well as 12 specific aspects of job satisfaction. Additionally, questions were posed to determine personality characteristics of managers based on the Big Five personality traits. Results from the study showed that judgments of managerial personality do influence employee job satisfaction. Perceived managerial openness to experiences, conscientiousness, and emotional stability have several relationships with different areas of employee satisfaction. Knowing that these specific characteristics can alter job satisfaction, organizations can hire appropriate candidates to adjust specific areas of employee satisfaction. This would allow employees to be more productive in the work place and feel more accomplished.



Thesis Comittee

Todd Harris (Thesis Director)

Jakari Griffith

Peter Sietins

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.