Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?

Ralph van den Bosch, Toon W. Taris (Corresponding author), Wilmar B. Schaufeli, M.C.W. Peeters, Gaby Reijseger

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Authenticity at work refers to the extent to which a worker feels in touch with their true self while at work. At first sight this concept seems to overlap with the concept of person-environment (P-E) fit, that is, the degree to which an individual experiences good fit with their work environment. Drawing on a sample of 867 Dutch gifted workers, structural equation modeling was used to investigate (i) whether authenticity at work and P-E fit can be distinguished, and (ii) how authenticity at work and P-E fit were associated with employee well-being. As expected, confirmatory factor analysis revealed that authenticity at work and P-E fit were distinct from each other. Moreover, the mediated effect of authenticity at work was stronger for two negative forms of well-being (burnout and boredom) than for two positive forms of well-being (work engagement and job satisfaction). The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed, especially focusing on the distinction between authenticity and P-E fit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-266
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Psychology
Volume153
Issue number2
Early online date4 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Authenticity at work
  • boredom
  • burnout
  • job satisfaction
  • P-E fit
  • work engagement

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van den Bosch, R., Taris, T. W., Schaufeli, W. B., Peeters, M. C. W., & Reijseger, G. (2019). Authenticity at work: a matter of fit? Journal of Psychology, 153(2), 247-266. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185
van den Bosch, Ralph ; Taris, Toon W. ; Schaufeli, Wilmar B. ; Peeters, M.C.W. ; Reijseger, Gaby. / Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?. In: Journal of Psychology. 2019 ; Vol. 153, No. 2. pp. 247-266.
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van den Bosch, R, Taris, TW, Schaufeli, WB, Peeters, MCW & Reijseger, G 2019, 'Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?', Journal of Psychology, vol. 153, no. 2, pp. 247-266. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185

Authenticity at work: a matter of fit? / van den Bosch, Ralph; Taris, Toon W. (Corresponding author); Schaufeli, Wilmar B.; Peeters, M.C.W.; Reijseger, Gaby.

In: Journal of Psychology, Vol. 153, No. 2, 17.02.2019, p. 247-266.

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