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The role of work authenticity in linking strengths use to career satisfaction and proactive behavior: a two-wave study

Makoto Matsuo (Graduate School of Economics and Business, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 14 September 2020

Issue publication date: 4 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Although positive psychology asserts that authenticity comes from identifying and using our strengths, no quantitative research has been conducted to test that relationship. This study aims to examine the mediating role of work authenticity in linking strengths use to career satisfaction and proactive behavior.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a two-wave survey with nurses in two large, acute hospitals in Japan (n = 298), a structural equation model was produced.

Findings

The results show that work authenticity fully mediated between strengths use and career satisfaction, and that work authenticity partially mediated between strengths use and proactive behavior.

Research limitations/implications

As work authenticity, career satisfaction and proactive behavior were measured at time 2, it is desirable to conduct a three-wave survey to measure these variables separately in future research.

Practical implications

It may be imperative to recognize that employees who use their strengths are satisfied with their careers only by enhancing authenticity at work.

Originality/value

The main contribution of this study was to identify the mediating role of work authenticity in linking strengths use to both career-related well-being and proactive work behaviors.

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Citation

Matsuo, M. (2020), "The role of work authenticity in linking strengths use to career satisfaction and proactive behavior: a two-wave study", Career Development International, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 617-630. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-01-2020-0015

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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