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Are Hopeful Employees More Creative?

We studied how employees’ hope explains their creativity at work, both directly and through the mediation of happiness. One hundred and twenty-five individuals reported their hope and happiness, their supervisors having reported their creativity. Factor analyses suggested two hope factors (waypower; composite hope) and three creativity dimensions (novel ideas; creative ideas; ideas championing). The main findings were the following: (a) the composite hope predicted all creativity dimensions, the waypower dimension predicted only the ideas championing dimension; and (b) the composite hope measure also predicted creativity through the mediating role of happiness.

Source: “Are Hopeful Employees More Creative? An Empirical Study” from Creativity Research Journal, Volume 21, Issue 2 & 3 April 2009 , pages 223 – 231

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