Daily autonomy and job performance: Does person-organization fit act as a key resource?

Henrik O. Sørlie, Jørn Hetland, Arnold B. Bakker, Roar Espevik, Olav K. Olsen

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Abstract

In the present study, we integrate Person-Organization (P-O) fit and Job Demands-Resources theories to argue that P-O fit (i.e., value congruence between person and organization) is a key resource that facilitates the accumulation and activation of situational job resources. We hypothesize that P-O fit strengthens the well-established positive relationship between job autonomy and job performance. Measures of objective P-O fit were obtained for 43 Norwegian naval cadets before embarking on a training mission onboard a sailing ship. During the mission, we measured daily self-reported autonomy as well as peer-rated task and contextual performance for 30 consecutive days. As predicted, the results of multilevel modeling analyses showed that the relationship between daily autonomy and (a) next- (but not same-) day task performance, and (b) next- (and same-) day contextual performance is stronger positive for individuals high (vs. low) in P-O fit. Moreover, effects of the daily autonomy – P-O fit interaction were noticeable on performance several days after. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103691
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • Contextual performance
  • Diary study
  • Key resources
  • Person-organization fit
  • Task performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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