What is job dedication and what enhances it? | The Oxford Review - OR Briefings

What is job dedication and what enhances it?

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Keywords: Leader-member exchange, LMX, Job dedication, Emotional stability, Organisational politics

A new study by researchers from three universities in the United States and one in China wanted to have a look at the primary predictors of job dedication. Job dedication refers to a set of behaviours that are based on the individual’s self-discipline such as:

a. the willingness to follow rules as far as they apply to their job
b. being diligent
c. working hard
d. taking the initiative, particularly whilst solving problems related to their work.

Job dedication is seen as being different from organisation commitment, in that it is possible to be dedicated to a job or profession and not committed to an organisation. Previous research has found that people who have high levels of job dedication and low levels of organisational commitment usually do so because of issues with management and leadership and are significantly more likely to engage in turnover behaviours and move to another organisation.

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