"Motivating employees towards sustainable behaviour." Published in Business Strategy and the Environment.
Dr Fruhen and colleagues examined factors which influence employee's sustainable behaviour
Workers engaging in voluntary and unrewarded environmental actions that go above and beyond their job requirements in an organizational setting can crucially contribute to a reduced environmental impact of organizations. This research investigates some of the factors that may contribute to the emergence of such organizational citizenship behaviour directed towards the environment (OCBE). The hypotheses predicted employees’ concern for the environment, employees’ perceived organizational support for environmental efforts and organizational commitment as antecedents of OCBE. Employees from two organizations (n = 547) completed an online survey. Controlling for organizational tenure, a significant relationship between (a) employees’ concern for their environment and OCBE, (b) perceived organizational support for environment efforts and OCBE and (c) organizational commitment and OCBE were found. Furthermore, organizational commitment mediated the relationship between perceived organizational support for environmental efforts and OCBE, but not environmental concern. This study’s insights into the factors that can drive employees’ engagement in small, voluntary environmental actions at work can guide organizations wishing to encourage such behaviours.
Temminck, E., Mearns. K. & Fruhen, L. (2013). Motivating employees towards sustainable behaviour. Business Strategy and the Environment