International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment (7 papers in press)
Exploring the influence of working environments restorative quality on organisational citizenship behaviours
by Diego Bellini, Tiziana Ramaci, Marino Bonaiuto, Serena Cubico, Giuseppe Favretto, Svein Age Kjos Johnsen
Abstract: The perceived potential for environmental restoration while at work can represent a job resource, given that restoration alleviates stress, which can free resources for both performance and extra-role activities. This study explores the association between perceived restorativeness (PR) and organisational citizenship behaviours (OCBhelpfulness, loyalty and voice). Further, this study tests the moderating effect of organisational justice (OJprocedural, distributive and interactional) on the association between PR and OCB because a lack of OJ can be conceived as a job demand (following the job demandsresources model). Employees (n = 146) from different organisations responded to a questionnaire. Regression analysis with 1,000 bootstrap samples indicated a moderating effect of OJ (for low levels and the mean value of interactional justicean OJ sub-dimension) on the PR and OCB (voice) relationship. Generally, the restorative quality of the work environment may play a pivotal part in promoting extra-role behaviour.
Keywords: restorativeness; organisational citizenship behaviour; organisational justice; working environment.
Determinants of Employee Eco-initiatives in Indian Hotel Industry
by MERCY TOM, Devi Soumyaja
Abstract: Results of a questionnaire survey completed by 402 respondents who were all employees of hotels that have adopted eco-friendly practices showed that eco-initiatives are significantly and positively correlated to conservatism, commitment to the cause of the environment, and monetary rewards and recognition; significantly and negatively correlated to self-transcendence and environmental train-ing; and bear no significant relationship with environmental communication and self-enhancement. Future research should consider the role of guests in promoting employee eco-initiatives.
Keywords: Eco-initiatives; Conservatism; Self-transcendence; Self-enhancement; Environmental Commitment; Environmental communication; Monetary rewards and recognition; Environmental training.
VULNERABILITY AND DAMAGE TO THE MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEM OF UTTARAKHAND BY SHORTCOMINGS OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
by Huong Ha, Yogesh Raghunathrao Jadhao
Abstract: The 2013 flood disaster in Uttarakhand has drawn much attention to the role of hydropower projects in economic development, and also in environmental degradation. The objectives of this article are to (i) identify how the hydropower projects have contributed to environmental damages of villages/towns in Uttarakhand state, India, using Ukhimath block, Rudraprayag district as a case study; and (ii) identify the challenges pertaining to hydropower project related issues that Uttarakhand has faced. Primary data were collected through interviews with 144 households, and ten focus groups discussions in ten villages in Ukhimath block. Content analysis and triangulation method were used to analyse the collected data. The findings reveal that what happened in 2013 could not be ascribed only to heavy rain, assumptive cloud burst or overflowing of Gandhi Sagar Lake, but it was unplanned development projects which contributed to creating extreme vulnerability and increasing disaster risk to the local residents.
Keywords: Development; disasters; hydropower projects; unplanned development; Ukhimath block (Uttarakhand).
Environmental satisfaction at work of university administrative staff and integration of the university in the town
by Eva Moffat, Dalel Bouzid, Liliane Rioux
Abstract: The aim of our study is to evaluate the satisfaction of university staff with their work environment as a function of relationships of the university with its host town. The ESET (a scale of satisfaction with the work environment) was administered to 342 administrative staff working in three French universities. When compared with data collected from an inventory assessing the university's role in the local community, our results, while needing to be qualified, show that staff show greater satisfaction with their work environment when the university is less integrated in the town.
Keywords: environmental satisfaction; occupational psychology; environmental psychology; university staff; integration in the town.
Driving employee performance through talent management
by S. Wadhwa, R. Tripathi
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate talent management practices through relevant literature, shedding more light intopractices prevalent in commercial banks in India and their relationship with employee performance and providing suggestions to banks so that the banks may use the best of talent management practices to make their employees perform well on the job. The paper opted a survey of approximately 600 bank employees comprising both public and private sector banks operating in haryana (India). The study covers six selected commercial banks in all, taking three from public sector namely SBI, PNB and OBC and three from the private sector, HDFC, ICICI and Axis Bank. We hypothesised that all the talent management practices significantly enhance the employee performance in both public and private sector banks. The results of the analysis of variance signify that the F- statistic value is 226.311 and is significant at the p < 0.001.
Keywords: talent management practices; employee performance; public and private sector banks.
Measuring job satisfaction of customer-facing employees: scale development and validation in the context of organised retail sector
by Kriti Priya Gupta, Sweta Saurabh, Preeti Bhaskar
Abstract: A very short multidimensional scale consisting of 18 items has been developed for measuring the job satisfaction of customer-facing employees, so that its length would not be deterrent for practical applications. Using a sample of 632 customer-facing employees working with organised retail stores in the Delhi-National Capital Region (Delhi-NCR), India, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) has been conducted with a subsample of 200 respondents and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) has been conducted with a subsample of 432 respondents. A series of EFA and CFA have resulted in 18 items categorised under five factors namely - working conditions; interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisor/manager; compensation; career advancement and growth opportunities; and training and development. The stability of the factor structure was assessed by again conducting CFA on a validation sample of 329 respondents. The overall measure has demonstrated construct validity and each of the five subscales has exhibited high internal consistency.
Keywords: job satisfaction; customer-facing employees; measurement scale; organised retail sector; India.
Energy saving behaviour among individuals in two different contexts: analysing the individuals' energy saving behaviour at home and workplace
by Rambalak Yadav, Vikas Chauhan, Ankur Srivastava
Abstract: The present research attempts to study the energy saving behaviour among individuals in two different contexts: at home and at the workplace. The study proposed and tested a model in which, value orientation, environmental concern, perceived consumer effectiveness (PCE) and personal norm to have an influence on the energy saving behaviour. A total of 359 usable responses was collected via an online survey in India. The data were analysed using structural equation modelling. The findings reported that the altruistic value positively influences the environmental concern, PCE and personal norm which further influences the energy saving behaviour at home (SBH). However, PCE was not found to have any significant impact on individuals' energy saving behaviour in the workplace. Further, a significant difference between individual energy saving behaviour at two different contexts was also reported. Based on the findings of the study, implications for energy savings are also discussed.
Keywords: altruistic value; environmental concern; energy saving behaviour; PCE; perceived consumer effectiveness; personal norm.