Focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationships between age, job complexity, and work performance

Zacher, Hannes, Heusner, Sandra, Schmitz, Michael, Zwierzanska, Monika M. and Frese, Michael (2010) Focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationships between age, job complexity, and work performance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76 3: 374-386. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2009.09.001

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Author Zacher, Hannes
Heusner, Sandra
Schmitz, Michael
Zwierzanska, Monika M.
Frese, Michael
Title Focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationships between age, job complexity, and work performance
Journal name Journal of Vocational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-8791
1095-9084
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.09.001
Open Access Status
Volume 76
Issue 3
Start page 374
End page 386
Total pages 13
Place of publication Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Focus on opportunities is a cognitive-motivational facet of occupational future time perspective that describes how many new goals, options, and possibilities individuals expect to have in their personal work-related futures. This study examined focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationships between age and work performance and between job complexity and work performance. In addition, it was expected that job complexity buffers the negative relationship between age and focus on opportunities and weakens the negative indirect effect of age on work performance. Results of mediation, moderation, and moderated mediation analyses with data collected from 168 employees in 41 organizations (mean age = 40.22 years, SD = 10.43, range = 19-64 years) as well as 168 peers providing work performance ratings supported the assumptions. The findings suggest that future studies on the role of age for work design and performance should take employees' focus on opportunities into account. © 2009 Elsevier Inc.
Keyword Age
Focus on Opportunities
Job Complexity
Moderated Mediation
Work Performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Available online 15 September 2009.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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