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Publication Date

Summer 2015

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Altovise Rogers


big five, flexible work arrangements, job effectiveness, job satisfaction, personality

Subject Areas

Personality psychology; Organizational behavior; Occupational psychology


The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between an

individual’s personality and perceptions of behavioral job outcomes including

effectiveness and job satisfaction when working in a flexible work arrangement (e.g.,

time-independent and location-independent). A total of 93 full-time employees

participated in this study via an online survey. Results showed that personality was

significantly related to perceptions of effectiveness in both time- and location-independent

work arrangements. Extraversion had a significant, negative relationship

with both types of flexibility, while intellect/imagination had a significant, positive

relationship with each. Location-independent work arrangements also had a significant,

positive relationship with conscientiousness, such that an employee who was open,

thoughtful, and reserved had an increased likelihood of perceiving himself or herself as

effective in a location-flexible work arrangement. Additionally, job satisfaction was

significantly correlated with perceptions of effectiveness in both types of flexible work

arrangements. The major implication of the findings is that personality may be an

effective way to identify candidates for specific types of flexible work arrangements.