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Unformatted text preview: might take? As the software example indicates, one prominent form is helping behaviour, offering assistance to others. Another might be conscientiousness to the details of work, including getting in on the snowiest day of the year and not wasting organizational resources. A third form of OCB involves being a good sport when the inevitable frustrations of organiza- Chapter 4 Values, Attitudes, and Work Behaviour 123 When one worker voluntarily helps out another, it is an example of organizational citizenship, which positively affects organizational effectiveness. tional life crop up—not everyone can have the best office or the best parking spot. A final form of OCB is courtesy and cooperation.53 Examples might include warning the photocopy unit about a big job that is on the way or delaying one’s own work to assist a colleague on a rush job. Just how does job satisfaction contribute to OCB? Fairness seems to be the key.54 Although distributive fairness (especially in terms of pay) is important, procedural fairness on the part of one’s manager seems especially critical.55 If the manager strays from the prescriptions for procedural fairness we gave earlier, OCB can suffer. If one feels unfairly treated, it might be difficult to lower formal performance for fear of dire consequences. It might be much easier to withdraw the less visible, informal activities that make up OCB. On the other hand, fair treatment and its resulting satisfaction might be reciprocated with OCB, a truly personalized input. It is interesting that OCB is also influenced by employees’ mood at work. People in a pleasant, relaxed, optimistic mood are more likely to provide special assistance to others.56 Some of this research is based on studies with salespeople, so OCB might make customer service more competitive. Let’s look at this issue. Customer Satisfaction and Profit So far, we have established that job satisfaction can reduce employee absenteeism and turnover and increase employee performance and citizenship behaviour. But is it possible that employee satisfaction could actually affect customer satisfaction? That is, do happy employees translate into happy customers? And do happy employees actually contribute to the bottom line of the organization by increasing organizational profits? After all, we have warned that the translation of positive attitudes into positive employee behaviours is less than perfect and such attitudes therefore might not affect the bottom line. A growing body of evidence has established that employee job satisfaction is indeed translated into customer or client satisfaction and organizational profitability.57 Thus, organizations with higher average levels of employee satisfaction are more effective. The same applies to units within larger organizations. Hence, local bank branches or insurance claims offices with more satisfied employees should tend to have more satisfied clients and generate more profitability for the larger firm. Thus, it makes good sense to use employee satisfaction as one criterion in judging the effectiveness of local unit managers. 124 Sears www.sears.ca Individual Behaviour Part Two How does employee satisfaction translate into customer satisfaction? Reduced absenteeism and turnover contribute to the seamless delivery of service, as do the OCBs that stimulate good teamwork. Also, the mood mechanism, mentioned earlier, should not be discounted, as good mood among employees can be contagious for customers. The Ford Motor Company (see Chapter 16) and the retailer Sears have been particularly attentive to the links among employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, and profit. In an 800-store study, Sears found a clear positive relationship between employee satisfaction and store profitability. In addition, improvements in employee satisfaction were mirrored in customer satisfaction, resulting in an estimated $200 million in added annual revenue.58 Let us turn now to another important work attitude—organizational commitment. What Is Organizational Commitment? Organizational commitment. An attitude that reflects the strength of the linkage between an employee and an organization. Organizational commitment is an attitude that reflects the strength of the linkage between an employee and an organization. This linkage has implications for whether someone tends to remain in an organization. Researchers John Meyer and Natalie Allen have identified three very different types of organizational commitment:59 Affective commitment. Commitment based on identification and involvement with an organization. ■ Continuance commitment. Commitment based on the costs that would be incurred in leaving an organization. ■ ■ Normative commitment. Commitment based on ideology or a feeling of obligation to an organization. Affective commitment is commitment based on a person’s identification and involvement with an organization. People with high affective commitment stay with an organization because they want to...
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