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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

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.

LanguageEnglish
Pages247-266
Number of pages20
JournalThe Journal of Psychology
Volume153
Issue number2
Early online date4 Oct 2018
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Fingerprint

authenticity
human being
Job Satisfaction
well-being
Boredom
worker
boredom
burnout
Authenticity
job satisfaction
work environment
Statistical Factor Analysis
Person-environment fit
factor analysis
employee
experience

Keywords

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

Cite this

van den Bosch, R., Taris, T. W., Schaufeli, W. B., Peeters, M. C. W., & Reijseger, G. (2019). Authenticity at work: a matter of fit? The Journal of Psychology, 153(2), 247-266. DOI: 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: The Journal of Psychology. 2019 ; Vol. 153, No. 2. pp. 247-266
@article{89fc4d469a2246959fd81d25a598f9a6,
title = "Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "Authenticity at work, boredom, burnout, job satisfaction, P-E fit, work engagement",
author = "{van den Bosch}, Ralph and Taris, {Toon W.} and Schaufeli, {Wilmar B.} and M.C.W. Peeters and Gaby Reijseger",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185",
language = "English",
volume = "153",
pages = "247--266",
journal = "The Journal of Psychology",
issn = "1940-1019",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
number = "2",

}

van den Bosch, R, Taris, TW, Schaufeli, WB, Peeters, MCW & Reijseger, G 2019, 'Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?' The Journal of Psychology, vol. 153, no. 2, pp. 247-266. DOI: 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: The Journal of Psychology, Vol. 153, No. 2, 2019, p. 247-266.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Authenticity at work: a matter of fit?

AU - van den Bosch,Ralph

AU - Taris,Toon W.

AU - Schaufeli,Wilmar B.

AU - Peeters,M.C.W.

AU - Reijseger,Gaby

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Authenticity at work

KW - boredom

KW - burnout

KW - job satisfaction

KW - P-E fit

KW - work engagement

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85054482637&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185

DO - 10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185

M3 - Article

VL - 153

SP - 247

EP - 266

JO - The Journal of Psychology

T2 - The Journal of Psychology

JF - The Journal of Psychology

SN - 1940-1019

IS - 2

ER -

van den Bosch R, Taris TW, Schaufeli WB, Peeters MCW, Reijseger G. Authenticity at work: a matter of fit? The Journal of Psychology. 2019;153(2):247-266. Available from, DOI: 10.1080/00223980.2018.1516185