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Does being a top performer increase your job satisfaction?

If you're really great at your job, does that make you enjoy it more? Or is it the other way around - you enjoy your job, so you become better at it?

A 2015 article explores this topic through two case studies – one on an individual’s career development and the other through an organization facing a large number of discontented employees. The author, D.E. Eggerth, explores the dilema through the something called TWA, or the Theory of Work Adjustment. TWA purports that there needs to be a balance between employees and an organization, where people fulfill the organization’s labor requirements and in return have their financial, social, and psychological needs fulfilled by the organization. After concluding his research, Eggerth argues that job satisfaction, performance, and success are all “integrated constructs” (p. 462) on which both the organization and employee depend. Although not really a valid or reliable research (the sample sizes are too small!), Eggerth's idea is a new one in that it presents job satisfaction and performance as co-dependent variables, meaning that either one can be influenced by the other.

Based on your experience, what are your thoughts?

Find the full article here:

Eggerth, D. E. (2015). Job satisfaction, job performance, and success. In P. J. Hartung, M. L. Savickas, & W. B. Walsh (Eds.), APA handbook of career intervention, Volume 2: Applications. (pp. 453–463). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

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