The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on the Service Performance of Casino Frontline Employees

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Prentice, Catherine and King, Brian (2010) The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on the Service Performance of Casino Frontline Employees. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11 (1). pp. 49-66. ISSN 1467-3584 (print) 1742-9692 (online)

Abstract

The concept of emotional intelligence (EI) has attracted substantial interest in the popular and organisational psychology literature. Although the predictive validity of EI is likely to depend on the context and focus of interest, researchers have identified a positive relationship between EI and job performance in the case of roles, which involve emotional labour, such as customer service. It offers the prospect of providing insights into job performance that have not been explained by traditional cognitive intelligence. This article explores the impact of EI on the service performance of frontline employees in the casino industry. The researchers test the hypothesis that EI is a predictor of the service performance of casino service representatives. A sample of 152 casino frontline employees in a large Australasia-based casino responded to a questionnaire-based survey, which considered EI, the five factors of personality and job performance. Based on multiple regression analysis, the results confirmed that EI is a significant predictor of the service performance of casino frontline employees for the high-roller market.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6937
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/thr.2010.21
Official URL http://thr.sagepub.com/content/11/1/49.full.pdf
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords ResPubID20700, emotional intelligence, personality, casino frontline employees, casino high rollers, service performance
Citations in Scopus 39 - View on Scopus
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