Predicting job performance through personal factors: the mediating role of safety motivation and safety performance

Dönmez, Deniz
The present study aims to investigate the serially mediating role of safety motivation and safety performance in the relationship between personal factors (conscientiousness, locus of control and risk taking tendency) and job performance for safety critical jobs. In line with this purpose, data were collected from 164 mineworkers and their immediate supervisors (N = 69) in a local coalmining company located in central Anatolia in Turkey. Mineworker participants filled out a questionnaire package including measures of conscientiousness, locus of control, risk taking tendency, safety motivation, safety performance and job performance. In accordance with the approval of mineworkers, their immediate supervisors evaluated safety performance and job performance of their subordinates. Results essentially indicated that safety motivation and self-report safety performance serially mediated the relationship between conscientiousness and self-report job performance. However, both locus of control and risk taking tendency failed to mediate the proposed relationships. The findings of the study are discussed along with the contributions, practical implications, limitations and suggestions for future research.