Exploring the role of hope in job performance: Results from four studies

Suzanne Peterson, Kristin Byron

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According to Snyder's hope theory, high hope individuals possess more goal-related strategies and are more motivated to achieve their goals than their low hope counterparts. Therefore, we examined the relationship between hope and job performance using three different samples of employees of different job levels and industries. We found that more hopeful sales employees, mortgage brokers, and management executives had higher job performance, as measured a year later, even after controlling for their self-efficacy and cognitive ability. In a fourth study, we examined if more hopeful employees attempt to solve problems differently than do those with less hope. Higher hope management executives produced more and better quality solutions to a work-related problem, suggesting that hopefulness may help employees when they are confronted with problems and encounter obstacles at work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-803
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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