New year’s resolutions, career outlook, and personality: An investigation of library employees’ goal setting behaviors

Amelia Anderson, Leo Lo

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Many organizations use goal setting as a professional tool to get employees to achieve gains within the workplace. Many librarians in the United States participate in setting New Year’s resolutions as part of their personal goal-setting behavior. As studies indicate correlations between personal goal-setting behaviors, performance and attitude in professional roles, the researchers posit that learning how library employees set and achieve New Year’s resolutions could provide insight into how organizations can improve employee goal setting. An online survey was conducted in 2016 with 512 respondents. Results showed that respondents who self-reported as ambitious tend to be more successful in achieving their goals. Furthermore, ambitious respondents utilized goal-setting best practices more than less ambitious respondents. Respondents with a less clear sense of purpose in life tended to put in less effort or gave up more often than those with a clearer sense of purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalLibrary Leadership and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences

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