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Title: Employee responses to relational fulfilment and work-life benefits : a social exchange study in the German public administration
Authors: Hornung, S
Glaser, J
Keywords: Employees behaviour
Germany
Motivation (psychology)
Psychological contracts
Public sector organizations
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: International journal of manpower, 2010, v. 31, no. 1, p. 73-92 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Manpower 
Abstract: Purpose: Investigating employee responses to relational fulfilment of the psychological contract and work-life benefits of a telecommuting program, this study aims to contribute to the literature on social exchange in employment. Design/methodology/approach: The setting of the study was the German public administration. Survey data from 947 Civil Servants were analyzed in structural equation models. Analysis of mean structure was used to compare telecommuting participants(n = 601)and regular workers(n = 346). Findings: Trust and affective commitment consecutively mediated between relational fulfilment of the psychological contract and organizational citizenship behavior. Members of the telecommuting program had more positive representations of social exchange, reporting higher levels of fulfilment, trust, and commitment than their peers. Research limitations/implications: Reliance on cross-sectional self-report data poses a limitation. Selection effects in the quasi-experimental design for comparing telecommuters and regular employees cannot be ruled out. Generalizability to more transactional or short-term employment is debatable. Originality/value: The study adds to a more integrated understanding of the psychological processes that reinforce and strengthen employee trust and commitment, thus forming the basis of the motivation to go above and beyond specified duties and reward-contingent behavior.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15333
DOI: 10.1108/01437721011031702
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