Relationships between daily affect and pro-environmental behavior at work: The moderating role of pro-environmental attitude

Bissing-Olson, Megan J., Iyer, Aarti, Fielding, Kelly S., & Zacher, Hannes (2013) Relationships between daily affect and pro-environmental behavior at work: The moderating role of pro-environmental attitude. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34(2), pp. 156-175.

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Research in organizational psychology has increasingly focused on understanding the determinants of "green" employee behavior. The present study used a daily diary design to investigate relationships between employees' daily affect, pro-environmental attitude, as well as daily task-related pro-environmental behavior (i.e., the extent to which employees complete required work tasks in environmentally friendly ways), and daily proactive pro-environmental behavior (i.e., the extent to which employees show personal initiative when acting in environmentally friendly ways at work). Fifty-six employees working in small businesses completed a baseline survey and two daily surveys over ten workdays. Daily unactivated positive affect and pro-environmental attitude positively predicted daily task-related pro-environmental behavior. In addition, daily activated positive affect positively predicted daily proactive pro-environmental behavior among employees with a less positive pro-environmental attitude but not among employees with a more positive pro-environmental attitude. These findings suggest that fostering pro-environmental attitudes and, to some extent, positive affect among employees could help organizations to promote pro-environmental behavior in the workplace.

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ID Code: 92361
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Greening Organizational Behavior
Keywords: Affect, Attitudes, Daily diary study, Pro-environmental behavior
DOI: 10.1002/job.1788
ISSN: 0894-3796
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2016 01:23
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 01:46

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