The moderating role of playfulness as a personality trait in the relationship between playful work design and job satisfaction
The main aim of this study was to examine the moderating role of playfulness in the relationship between Playful Work Design (PWD) and job satisfaction. The relatively new concept of PWD has gained increased attention over the past few years. The first studies done on PWD have revealed promising results, which is why it is argued that it is a worthwhile concept. By investigating the moderating role of playfulness in the relationship between PWD and job satisfaction, this paper aimed to add knowledge to the existing scarce literature on PWD. This paper also aimed to investigate the relationship between PWD and job satisfaction, as well as the relationship between playfulness and job satisfaction. A quantitative study (N = 177) was conducted in order to investigate the mentioned relationships. Results indicate that playfulness has no significant moderating role in the relationship between PWD and job satisfaction. When looking at playfulness and job satisfaction, also no significant relationship was found. However, a significant positive relationship was found between PWD and job satisfaction. This finding indicates that employees who engage in PWD have increased job satisfaction, confirming that PWD is a worthwhile concept for both employees and organizations.
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