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How Green is my Firm? Workers' Attitudes towards Job, Job Involvement and Effort in Environmentally-Related Firms

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  • Joseph Lanfranchi

    () (CEE - Centre d'études de l'emploi - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Santé, LEM - Laboratoire d'Économie Moderne - UP2 - Université Panthéon-Assas)

  • Sanja Pekovic

    () (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris-Dauphine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CEE - Centre d'études de l'emploi - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Santé)

Abstract

The implementation of environmental standards can be facilitated by motivating workers with pro-social preferences. Therefore, we study if employees working for firms achieving registration for environmental-related standards are more likely to display positive attitudes toward their job, to be actively involved in their jobs and to donate effort. Using a French matched employer-employee database, we find that these "green employees" report a significantly higher feeling of usefulness and equitable recognition at work. Besides, they are more likely to work uncompensated overtime hours. Finally, if the adoption of environmental standards is shown to have no direct influence on job involvement, we expose how it indirectly impacts job involvement through the mediation of employees' feeling of usefulness and equitable recognition at work.

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  • Joseph Lanfranchi & Sanja Pekovic, 2012. "How Green is my Firm? Workers' Attitudes towards Job, Job Involvement and Effort in Environmentally-Related Firms," Working Papers halshs-00744483, HAL.
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    1. Karine Nyborg, 2014. "Do responsible employers attract responsible employees?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 1-17, May.
    2. Gwenael Roudaut, 2017. "The Representation of Managers, Shareholders and other Stakeholders inside the Boardroom: Does it Matter for CSR Commitment? ," Working Papers hal-01623944, HAL.

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    workers' attitudes and behavior.; workers' attitudes and behavior; environmental-related standards; pro-social motivation; motivation pro-sociale; normes managériales d'environnement; attitudes et comportement des travailleurs.;

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