Personal Productivity & Locus of Control

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According to a research, people seem more happy, healthy and productive when they believe that they are under the control of their outcomes and own choices.
Any person with inner locus of control possesses the ability of influencing the events around him.

But what is locus of control?

Locus of control is a theory by Julian B. Rotter in personality psychology referring to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them. A person’s “locus” is conceptualized as either internal (the person believes they can control their life) or external (meaning they believe that their decisions and life are controlled by environmental factors which they cannot influence).

Why increase Locus of Control?

Locus of control refers to all those reasons, which we blame or attribute for our outcomes, be it successes or failures. These reasons can be internal or external. While external reasons can include  interesting work, higher salary and even promotions, internal factors can be self-esteem, job satisfaction or quality of life.
It is always important for employees to increase their internal locus of control by keeping an optimistic approach and performing self-introspection regularly.  However, for focusing external factors it is important for organizations, managers and supervisors to create innovative methods for encouraging their employees. Timely promotions and job satisfaction are two factors that promote higher performance in candidates.

How is “Locus of Control” related to productivity?

If the locus of control in an employee is boosted frequently, it will help them to perform better. Perceiving the locus helps candidates to gain achievements and therefore, they start becoming more creative and productive at their work. Experiencing repeated failures induces a depressed attitude towards work, so managers and supervisors should make sure that they encourage their employees, so that they feel satisfied with their work and are ready to take responsibilities.

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