Spouse's personality may affect career success
The more conscientious your spouse, the more successful you'll be in your career. So concludes a study to be published in the journal Psychological Science, which looked how a spouse's personality correlated with a person's job performance.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis analyzed data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey from 2005 through 2009. It looked at heterosexual, married adults, ages 19 to 89 years.
In 2005, the couples took a series of psychological tests that evaluated aspects of their personalities, including openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness. They were then tracked for the next four years on job performance, utilizing annual surveys asking their opinions and details on job satisfaction, salary increases, and the likelihood of being promoted.
The researchers found that individuals whose partners scored highest on conscientiousness also reported more job success. Another finding was that the conscientiousness of a partner had a bigger impact on a spouse’s job success when they themselves didn’t work.
The study adds to previous research on the influence of home life on work life, suggesting that it can have a significant impact.