Title: The concept of workplace identity, its evolution, antecedents and development

Authors: M.M. Sulphey

Addresses: College of Business Administration, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Workplace identity (WI) is a multilayered and multidimensional phenomenon that describes one's self-concept and understanding in terms of his/her unique work role. The different roles donned by individuals in their respective organisations have a profound and alluring impact on the work context. This could vary drastically between and among individuals, and ultimately results in the formation of WI. It could emanate from different facets including but not limited to professional identification, job identification, workplace roles, team roles, etc. WI is of paramount importance as it acts as anchors facilitating attachment of individuals to the workplace. It is also related to a host of work-based constructs like positive influence, learning, work values, group identification and commitment, etc. Considering its indispensability, there is a definite need for more empirical works that examine the role and importance of WI in any work place setting.

Keywords: employee attitude; identity; workplace identity; WI; social identity theory; SIT; role identity theory; RIT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWE.2019.103022

International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 2019 Vol.5 No.2, pp.151 - 168

Received: 02 Oct 2018
Accepted: 29 Jan 2019

Published online: 14 Oct 2019 *

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