Workload, safety climate, and negative affectivity as the presumed moderators of the risk perception-organizational outcomes relationships

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2014
Geçer, Canan
The main purpose of the present study was to examine the moderating role of workload, safety climate and negative affectivity in risk perception’s relationship with safety performance of employees, burnout, and job satisfaction in a high-risk work context. It was first expected that risk perception would be positively related to safety performance and then, in line with the moderation hypotheses, it was expected that high levels of workload would negatively affect (i.e., weaken) the relationships between risk perception and both safety performance and job satisfaction while enhancing (i.e., strengthening) the risk perception-burnout relationship. Furthermore, it was expected that positive perceptions of safety climate would strenghten the relationship between risk perception and both safety performance and job satisfaction while weakening the risk perception-burnout relationship. Lastly, it was hypothesized that high levels of NA would negatively affect risk perception’s relationships with both safety performance and job satisfaction and that; it would strengthen the risk perception-burnout relationship. Eighty-nine workers (i.e., electric technicians) of an Electric Distribution Company operating in Adana region of Turkey, and 89 supervisors/peers of these workers constituted the samples of the study. Results revealed that risk perception and safety performance was not significantly related and that the presumed moderators did not moderate the risk perception-safety performance relationship. In the relationship between risk perception and burnout, only workload was found to be a significant moderator, although not in the expected direction. In the risk perception-job satisfaction relationship, only NA was a significant moderator. The findings are discussed together with the strengths, limitations, practical implications and future suggestions of the study.

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C. Geçer, “Workload, safety climate, and negative affectivity as the presumed moderators of the risk perception-organizational outcomes relationships,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.