Bringing your inner potential into action: The moderation effect of initiative orientation on the associations between core self-evaluations and growth mindset with thriving at work

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2020-07-02
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Background. This Master’s thesis aims to provide insight into the relationships between core self-evaluations, growth mindset and initiative orientation with thriving at work. Thriving at work has been associated with many beneficial outcomes for organizations and is becoming increasingly relevant to ensure sustainable performance of employees. It was expected that core self-evaluations, growth mindset and initiative orientation have a positive association with thriving at work, and that initiative orientation exacerbates the positive associations between core self-evaluations and growth mindset with thriving at work. Method. The variables were measured among 104 employees of the Dutch working population through an online questionnaire and examined using a hierarchical multiple regression analysis in SPSS. Results. Results indicated that participants scored relatively high on thriving at work and core self-evaluations while scores for growth mindset and initiative orientation were moderate. Core self-evaluations was positively associated with thriving at work, and low initiative orientation levels exacerbated the positive association between growth mindset and thriving at work. Initiative orientation was not significantly associated with thriving at work, nor did it significantly affect the association between core self-evaluations and thriving at work. Conclusion. Based on the positive association between core self-evaluations and thriving at work, a first recommendation includes the encouragement of clients to increase their focus and appreciation of their core competences. Secondly, since it was found that particularly employees with a low initiative orientation can benefit from developing a growth mindset, another recommendation is the facilitation of growth mindset through encouragement of taking effort during talent development. This study contributes to a growing body of research on thriving at work that shows promising results in improving the development of employees. Future research is needed to further explore the roles that the learning and vitality dimensions play in thriving at work and to specify the way cognitive and behavioral factors interact in facilitating thriving at work of employees. Keywords: core self-evaluations, growth mindset, initiative orientation, thriving at work
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