Entitlement attitude in the workplace and its relationship to job satisfaction and organizational commitment


  • Sonya Asenova Dragova-Koleva New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Słowa kluczowe:

active entitlement, passive entitlement, revengefulness, affective commitment, instrumental commitment



This article is focused on the entitlement attitude in an organizational context. Its purpose was to examine the relationship of entitlement and its 3 components (active, passive and revengefulness) with job satisfaction and organizational commitment.

Participants and procedure

Two independent studies were conducted to examine the discussed relationships. In study 1 and study 2 there participated respectively 110 and 95 full-time employees from both genders working in public and private organizations. The 30-item Bulgarian version of the Entitlement Questionnaire was used. Job satisfaction measurement included employees’ affective response to their overall job and to various aspects of their job. The three aspects of organizational commitment (affective, instrumental and normative) were measured.


Active entitlement had a positive effect on satisfaction with results, satisfaction with supervisor, pay satisfaction and overall job satisfaction. It was not related to organizational commitment. Passive entitlement had a positive effect on satisfaction with tasks, but it correlated negatively with pay satisfaction. Higher level of passive entitlement predicted instrumental commitment. Revengefulness was negatively related to task satisfaction, satisfaction with supervisor and overall satisfaction, and had a negative effect on affective commitment.


Different forms of entitlement have a diverse influence on the various aspects of job satisfaction and components of organizational commitment. Active and passive types of entitlement are more adaptive, whereas revengefulness is a maladaptive and dysfunctional attitude.


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Dragova-Koleva, S. A. (2018). Entitlement attitude in the workplace and its relationship to job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Current Issues in Personality Psychology, 6(1), 34–46. Pobrano z https://czasopisma.bg.ug.edu.pl/index.php/CIiPP/article/view/8148