(From EHS Today) -- "Researchers already know that integrity can
predict job performance, and what we are saying here is that
humility and honesty are also major components in that," said Dr.
Wade Rowatt, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at
Baylor, who helped lead the study.
"This study shows that those who possess the combination of honesty
and humility have better job performance," Rowatt said. "In fact,
we found that humility and honesty not only correspond with job
performance, but predicted job performance above and beyond any
of the other five personality traits like agreeableness and
The Baylor researchers, along with a business consultant, surveyed
269 employees in 25 different companies across 20 different states
who work in positions that provide health care for challenging
clients. Supervisors then rated the job performance of each
employee on 35 different job skills and described the kind of
customer with whom the employee worked. The ratings were included
in order to inform higher management how employees were performing
and for the Baylor researchers to examine which personality
variables were associated with job performance ratings.