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

Catherine Prentice, Brian Edward Melville King

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-66
Number of pages18
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • casino frontline employees
  • casino high rollers
  • emotional intelligence
  • personality
  • service performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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