Job stability as it relates to the NEO -Five Factor Model of Personality

Janice Arvie Threalkill-Sawyers, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to examine job stability as it relates to the Five Factor Model of Personality, by comparing those employees who have worked longer periods of time, versus those who have worked shorter periods of time. Three distinct employee groups were involved in this research. The first group were those employees who have worked 90 days or more; the second group were those employees that have worked one year or more and the third group were those employees that have worked 90 days or less with respect to the Five Factors of Personality. A total pool of 217 employees were asked to participate in this project. A total of 109 participated, 72 were females and 37 were males. The mean age was 30. Based on employee groups, there were 32 who had worked less than 90 days, 57 who had worked 90 days to one year, and 20 who had worked one year or more. The participants were administered The NEO-Five Factor Inventory. The Five Factor Inventory provides a brief, comprehensive measure of the five domains of personality: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. The results of the data collection were analyzed and computed by SPSS. A one-way analyses of variance (ANOVA) was used to measure the effects of the three groups with respect to personality and job stability. Five Hypotheses were examined in this study. The first and second hypothesis were statistically significant among employee groups for Neuroticism and Extraversion as it relates to job stability. The third hypotheses addressed the Openness to Experience variable among employee groups and was not statistically significant. The fourth and fifth hypotheses related to employee groups on Agreeableness and Conscientiousness as it relates to job stability were both statistically significant. Overall, four of the five personality factors showed a relationship between employees personality variables and job stability. The results from this study indicated that personality measures, such as the NEO-Five Factor Inventory, have promise as a supplementary index in assisting employers and those in the staffing industry in the hiring of employees.

Subject Area

Personality|Occupational psychology

Recommended Citation

Janice Arvie Threalkill-Sawyers, "Job stability as it relates to the NEO -Five Factor Model of Personality" (2001). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3024635.