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Work values ethic and personal discretionary non-work activities

Work values ethic and personal discretionary non-work activities The purpose of this paper is to examine the constituents of personal discretionary non-work activities and their influence on the work values ethic (WVE).Design/methodology/approachThe constituents of personal discretionary non-work activities and their relationship to the WVE for 1,349 employees drawn from three manufacturing companies were surveyed. The data was used to test a measure of WVE, to develop a valid measure of personal discretionary non-work activities and to test a model of the relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and a WVE.FindingsData obtained from the survey enabled the identification of a valid measure of personal discretionary non-work activities and the components that made up this measure. A measure of WVE was shown to be both valid and reliable, and a model of the relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and WVE was tested.Research limitations/implicationsA positive relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and WVE was identified. However, the study was not designed to investigate motivations and such relationships should be the subject of future research.Practical implicationsPersonal discretionary non-work activities were shown to be of importance for a major proportion of the study’s respondents and to contribute to the employees’ work ethic.Originality/valueThe study has extended the non-work and work literature and has identified a formative non-work measure that was able to be tested in an overall model. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Manpower Emerald Publishing

Work values ethic and personal discretionary non-work activities

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-7720
DOI
10.1108/ijm-04-2018-0133
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the constituents of personal discretionary non-work activities and their influence on the work values ethic (WVE).Design/methodology/approachThe constituents of personal discretionary non-work activities and their relationship to the WVE for 1,349 employees drawn from three manufacturing companies were surveyed. The data was used to test a measure of WVE, to develop a valid measure of personal discretionary non-work activities and to test a model of the relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and a WVE.FindingsData obtained from the survey enabled the identification of a valid measure of personal discretionary non-work activities and the components that made up this measure. A measure of WVE was shown to be both valid and reliable, and a model of the relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and WVE was tested.Research limitations/implicationsA positive relationship between personal discretionary non-work activities and WVE was identified. However, the study was not designed to investigate motivations and such relationships should be the subject of future research.Practical implicationsPersonal discretionary non-work activities were shown to be of importance for a major proportion of the study’s respondents and to contribute to the employees’ work ethic.Originality/valueThe study has extended the non-work and work literature and has identified a formative non-work measure that was able to be tested in an overall model.

Journal

International Journal of ManpowerEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 12, 2019

Keywords: Manufacturing industry; Formative structural equations modelling; Personal discretionary non-work activities; Work values ethic

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