Happiness at Work: Organizational Values and Person-Organization Fit Impact1 1 Paper taken from the primary author’s master’s thesis under the secondary author’s advice, defended in 2013 in the Graduate Program in Social, Work and Organizational Psychology at Universidade de Brasília.

Felicidade no Trabalho: O Impacto dos Valores Organizacionais e da Compatibilidade Indivíduo-Organização

La Felicidad Laboral: El Impacto de los Valores Organizacionales y del Ajuste Persona-Organización

Juliana Moraes de Sousa Juliana Barreiros Porto About the authors

Despite the large quantity of research on person-organization (PO) fit, there is a lack of empirical research using axiological theories applicable to the value structure at the individual and organizational levels. In this study, we incorporated the PO fit literature, Schwartz’ values theory and Warr’s vitamin analogy to evaluate the effect of values’ PO fit on happiness at work. Using a sample of 145 questionnaires collected in a military organization, data analyses were performed using hierarchical quadratic regressions and surface analysis of polynomial regressions, conducted at an individual level. Individual values moderated the curvilinear relationship between organizational values and happiness at work (R2 = .25; p < .01). Additionally, agreement between higher levels of values promoted higher levels of happiness at work (.07 ≥ R2 ≤ .18; p < .05). We concluded that axiological PO fit affects happiness at work and provide empirical support for Warr’s vitamin analogy.

organizational behavior; happiness; theory of values


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