This study investigated the influence of core self-evaluation (self efficacy, self-esteem, work locus of control and neuroticism) and reward system on career commitment of local government employees in Oyo State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted in the study and using stratified random of equal allocation, a total of 2,040 respondents were selected from 13, 838 employees across the 33 local government areas of Oyo State. Seven instruments were used.: General Self-efficacy Scale ( r= 0.80), Self – Esteem Scale ( r = 0.76), Work Locus of Control Scale ( r = 0.75), Neutrocism Rating Scale ( r = 0.74), Reward System Rating Scale ( r = 0.69) and Organisational Commitment Rating Scale ( r= 0.68). Three research questions were answered at 0.05 level of significance and data were analysed using Multiple Regression and Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation. Result findings showed that self-efficacy, self-esteem, work locus of control, neuroticism and reward system had a significant joint positive correlation with organisational commitment (r = 0.671). The five variables had significant effects on organisational commitment (F5/2034 = 627.15). The contributions of the five independent variables to organisational commitment are in the following order of magnitude: reward system (β = 0302, t= 16.61, p<0.05);  locus of control (β = 0.238, t = 10.63, p< 0.05); neuroticism (β = 0.193, t= 9.80, p < 0.05); self-efficacy (β = 0.130, t = 5.56, p <0.05) and self –esteem (β = 0.044, t = 1.98, p<0.05). Core self-evaluation significantly correlated with organisational commitment as follows: self-efficacy (r = 0.46, p< 0.05), self-esteem (r = 0.43, p < 0.05), work locus of control (r = 0.53, p <0.05), neuroticism (r= 0.491, p <0.05) and reward system (r = 0.50, p < 0.05). Reward system was found to strongly impact employees’ organisational commitment. It is therefore, recommended that, since reward system, Self-efficacy, self-esteem, work locus of control and neuroticism enhanced local government employees’ organisational commitment. counselling and personnel psychologists should be involved in local government administration so that they can help employees understand and clarify their core self evaluation and reward orientation.


Core self-evaluation, Reward system, Organisational commitment, and Local government employees.

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