Playing truant within organisations. Informal relationships, work ethics and absenteeism

  • Sanders K
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Abstract

This study focuses on the relationship between informal relationships, work ethics and (short-time) absenteeism. According to self-categorisation theory, which elaborates on the social identity theory, hypotheses were formulated for the relationship between consensus in work ethics within teams, informal relationships (cohesiveness) and short-term absenteeism. The hypotheses were tested within two Dutch organisations: study 1 concerns a housing corporation (n = 53, eight teams), and study 2 concerns a nursing home (n = 97, nine teams). As expecte4 consensus in work ethics and cohesiveness within a team were positively related Results from multi-level analyses showed as expected, a negative relationship between cohesiveness within a team and short-term absenteeism of employees. Furthermore, an interaction-effect was found in the first study, but not in the second: the more cohesive the team, the stronger the relationships between work ethics and short-term absenteeism. Findings are discussed in terms of recommendations for further research and practical implications. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Managerial Psychology is the property of Emerald Group Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Absenteeism
  • Team working
  • The Netherlands
  • Work ethic

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  • Karin Sanders

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