Title

Self-Concept Change at Work: Characteristics and Consequences of Workplace Self-Expansion

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

7-2020

Abstract

Self-expansion is generally studied in the context of romantic relationships; however, self-expansion can also occur in a variety of non-relational settings. This chapter explores the opportunities for workplaces to promote self-expansion. People may experience self-expansion at work when their jobs provide them with novel experiences, challenges, resources, new skills, and new identities as organizational contributors. Recent evidence confirms that individuals experience workplace self-expansion and that workplace self-expansion is associated with a variety of beneficial outcomes for employees and organizations such as higher job satisfaction, commitment, engagement, and lower burnout and turnover intentions. Overall, this research suggests that workplace self-expansion may be an important component of employees’ experiences and leaders’ effectiveness.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/978-3-030-43747-3_12

Editor

Brent A. Mattingly, Kevin P. McIntyre, & Gary W. Lewandowski Jr.

Publisher

Springer

ISBN

9783030437473, 9783030437466

Publication Information

Interpersonal Relationships and the Self-Concept

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