Investigation of Attitudinal Differences among Individuals of Differing Employment Status

Abstract

Using a social identity approach, this study examined attitude differences among individuals with diverse employment status. Results demonstrate that individuals who are direct members of the organization have greater organizational trust and group cohesion than individuals who work within, but not directly employed by, the organization. Implications are discussed. PRESS PARAGRAPH Invisible diversity is characterized by individual differences in thought, values and experiences. This study aims to examine one aspect of invisible diversity, namely employment status. Using a social identity approach this study examines differences in organizational attitudes (organizational commitment, organizational trust and group cohesion) based on individuals’ employment status. Results demonstrate that individuals who are direct members of the organization have greater organizational trust and group cohesion than individuals who work within, but are not directly employed by, the organization. Organizational commitment did not differ based on employment status. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

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@inproceedings{Small2010InvestigationOA, title={Investigation of Attitudinal Differences among Individuals of Differing Employment Status}, author={Chaunette Small and Elizabeth Steinhauser and Elizabeth Trame and Loring J. Crepeau}, year={2010} }