A study of Australian couples done by the Washington University has found that a partner’s conscientiousness has a direct bearing on the other spouse’s income.

The job outcomes of job satisfaction, income, and chances of promotion were compared against their partner’s five personality traits: extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and openness.

The data revealed that for each standard deviation above the mean of conscientiousness the partner is likely to earn $US 4000 more.

Working spouses with extremely conscientious partners were fully 50 per cent more likely to receive promotions than those with extremely unconscientious partners.

Brittany C. Solomon and Joshua J. Jackson, the study’s authors, wrote: “Our findings indicate tha highly conscientious partners help improve their spouses’ occupational success, as measured by job satisfaction, income and promotion. This benefit does not arise from partners doing their spuses’ work; rather, it is due to partners creating conditions that allow their spouses to work more effectively.”

Conscientious partners, say the authors, create vlue by reducing the stressful environment at home. The partner may take on more of the housework and other domestic duties thereby allowing their partner to perform better in their role at work.

Furthermore, increased conscientiousness leads to greater understanding, acceptance and more open communication between them. Moreover, the working partner adopts many of their conscientious partner’s traits, richly benefitting them at work.

The study’s findings remained true regardless of the gender of the stay-at-home and work partners. Working women supported by husbands at home exhibited exactly the same results as men being supported by their wives.

The results have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

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