Uncertified absence from work and the Big Five: an examination of absence records and future absence intentions

Sevasti V. Darviri, Stephen A. Woods

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Uncertified absence from work has traditionally been difficult to link to personality. The present paper argues that personality is best conceptualized as influencing an individual’s intention to be absent from work because of reasons that are within their control. This was investigated in an employed community sample of 128 individuals. These individuals used a self-report measure to express their future intentions to be absent from work as a result of several reasons. These reasons for absence were categorized as “being absent because of external pressure or commitment” (ABCo) and “being absence by choice” (ABCh). The Big Five personality factors were found to be unrelated to objective uncertified absence records and unrelated to ABCo. Three of the Big Five were related to ABCh. Agreeableness was negatively related to ABCh whereas Extraversion and Openness demonstrated a positive correlation. It was concluded that the results should be viewed tentatively, but that this study may provide a useful framework for conceptualizing the association of personality with uncertified absence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


  • absence
  • absence intentions
  • Big Five
  • extraversion
  • agreeableness
  • openness
  • Greek Big Five measure


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