IMPACT OF PERSONALITY ON JOB PERFORMANCE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS IN THE SRI LANKAN STATE UNIVERSITIES
Administrative officers are the key to success of non academic matters of the university system. Existing literature clearly indicates that there were no sufficient empirical evidences to substantiate the relationship between the personality traits and job performance of the administrative officers of the state universities in Sri Lanka. Hence, this research studies the relationship between personality and job performance of the administrative officers of the Sri Lankan state universities. The main objective of this research is, to identify personality factors which affect job performance of the administrative officers. The research question addressed for the study was “Do personality characteristics of the administrative officers have an impact on their job performance?” Personality factors were the independent variables and job performance was the dependent variable. By using stratified sampling method, one hundred administrative officers of four state Universities were selected as the sample. Five point Likert scale type questionnaire was administered as the data collection tool. Validity and reliability were tested appropriately. Univariate, bivariate and multivariate, analyses were used in analyzing the data. It was revealed that three personality variables extroversion, conscientiousness, and openness to experience are good predictors of the job performance. Consequently, personality is an important predictor of the job performance of the administrative officers of the state universities.
Key Words: Personality, Job Performance, Extroversion, Conscientiousness, Openness to Experience,
Agreeableness, Emotional Stability
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