Goal orientation is good, right? Not so fast…

Research Briefing

Goal orientation is a key attribute most organisations look for in an employee. There is a tacit assumption that goal orientation is the factor which promotes achievement and improves people’s output. However there is another, less attractive side to goal orientation that needs to be considered.

In a paper just published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology researchers from a range of universities in the US looked at the relationship between employee goal orientation and the outcomes for the managers. The study examined 565 manager-employee pairings to see what effect the level of goal orientation of the employee has on their managers. The findings may surprise you.

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