Group absenteeism and positive affective tone : a longitudinal study

Mason, Claire M. & Griffin, Mark A. (2003) Group absenteeism and positive affective tone : a longitudinal study. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24(6), pp. 667-687.

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This study investigates temporal variation in group absence behavior, and the relationship between group absenteeism and the group’s positive affective tone. Absenteeism data were obtained from 97 work groups, aggregated over each of the four quarters of a year. The group’s positive affective tone was measured through two employee opinion surveys. Multi-level regression analyses were carried out, in which linear, quadratic, and cubic change trends were tested as predictors of change over time in group absenteeism. All three change trends explained unique variance in the group absenteeism data, indicating that the level of group absenteeism changes over time. We also found that there was significant variation between groups in the strength and direction of the linear and quadratic change trends. Positive affective tone was negatively related to the level of group absenteeism, and change in positive affective tone predicted the strength and direction of the linear change trend for group absenteeism.

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ID Code: 2459
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Group morale, group absenteeism, group, level constructs, longitudinal
DOI: 10.1002/job.210
ISSN: 0894-3796
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons
Copyright Statement: The definite version is available on publication at
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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