Researchers have proposed job crafting as a solution for alleviating the pervasive issue of workplace boredom. This multi-study dissertation sheds light on the relationship between boredom and job crafting while considering the role of three personality traits: proactive personality, extraversion, and promotion focus. Study 1 utilized a cross-sectional design that measured employee perceptions of boredom along with subject matter expert (SME) ratings of these jobs as boring. The experiment run in Study 2 induced boredom to test its impact on job crafting along with measuring personality. Results did not support the hypotheses that the links between boredom and three dimensions of crafting (i.e., increasing structural resources, social resources, and challenging demands) were dependent on employees being high in proactive personality, extraversion, or promotion focus. Instead, personality factors were consistently strong predictors of job crafting above and beyond boredom, regardless of how boredom was measured (i.e., self-rated, SME-rated, or experimentally manipulated). These findings have implications for organizations wishing to select individuals who are more inclined to job craft and less disposed toward feeling bored. An interesting caveat is that these individuals high in proactive personality or the assertiveness facet of extraversion might be more negatively impacted by experiencing boredom at work, resulting in less energy to increase structural resources or challenging demands. Lastly, this study highlights the value of utilizing multiple methods to measure boredom, along with considering specific dimensions of job crafting and more narrow personality traits.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Striler, Jamie, "Getting Crafting When You're Bored: The Interaction Between Personality and Boredom" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 768.