Journal article

Personal Philosophy and Personnel Achievement: Belief in Free Will Predicts Better Job Performance

Tyler F Stillman, Roy F Baumeister, Kathleen D Vohs, Nathaniel M Lambert, Frank D Fincham, Lauren E Brewer

Social Psychological and Personality Science | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2010


Do philosophic views affect job performance? The authors found that possessing a belief in free will predicted better career attitudes and actual job performance. The effect of free will beliefs on job performance indicators were over and above well-established predictors such as conscientiousness, locus of control, and Protestant work ethic. In Study 1, stronger belief in free will corresponded to more positive attitudes about expected career success. In Study 2, job performance was evaluated objectively and independently by a supervisor. Results indicated that employees who espoused free will beliefs were given better work performance evaluations than those who disbelieve in free will, pre..

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