Personality Traits as Predictors of Organizational Commitment among Public and Private Sector Employees in Enugu, Nigeria

Abstract

This study investigated five personality dimensions – openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism as predictors of organisational commitment among selected employees in Enugu. Using convenience sampling technique, 200 employees were selected from four public and private sector employees in Enugu metropolis. The participants comprised of 115 males and 85 females with ages ranging from 22 – 50 years and a mean age of 36.00 years. Participants were administered with the Big Five Personality Inventory by John and Srivastava (1999) and the Organisational Commitment Scale by Buchanan (1974). Five hypotheses were postulated and tested using cross sectional survey design and multiple regression analyses. Result showed that only openness to experience significantly predicted employees’ organisational commitment. Conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism were not significant predictors of employees’ organisational commitment. Based on the findings, it is recommended that employers apply personality tests in assessing potential employees.

Keywords: Big Five Personality Traits, Enugu, Nigeria, Organisational Commitment, Public and Private Sectors

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