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Millennial knowledge workers: The roles of protean career attitudes and psychological empowerment on the relationship between emotional intelligence and subjective career success

Ceren Aydogmus (Department of Management, Faculty of Business Administration, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 20 August 2019

Issue publication date: 22 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential effects of Millennial knowledge workers’ emotional intelligence (EI) on their subjective career success (SCS) through their protean career attitudes (PCAs) and psychological empowerment (PE).

Design/methodology/approach

Survey methodology was used to collect data from 623 Millennial knowledge workers in 42 Turkish Information Technology companies. Participants answered the surveys at three different points within a 12-week period. Measures of EI, PCAs, PE and SCS were analyzed using structural equation modeling and the bootstrapping method.

Findings

The empirical results provide support for the author’s proposed model that positive relations between EI and Millennial knowledge workers’ SCS are mediated by their PCAs and PE.

Research limitations/implications

To generalize the study findings, future research should be conducted for Millennial knowledge workers in different cultures and countries.

Practical implications

Particularly for Millennial knowledge workers, managers need to be aware of positive influence of EI on employees’ SCS and should consider implementing policies and procedures that recognize EI as a key ingredient for their SCS. Additionally, human resource professionals should aim to create an organizational culture around career development, in addition to career attitudes trainings, and provide career growth opportunities to retain Millennial talent. Finally, organizational development professionals should establish work environments that increase employee empowerment and thus improve SCS.

Originality/value

The findings advance the understanding of how Millennial knowledge workers’ EI can influence their SCS through focusing on PCAs and PE. The results underpin the self-determination theory, contextualist action theory of career development and job design theory.

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Acknowledgements

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

Citation

Aydogmus, C. (2019), "Millennial knowledge workers: The roles of protean career attitudes and psychological empowerment on the relationship between emotional intelligence and subjective career success", Career Development International, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 297-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-06-2018-0165

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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