The relationship between perceived co-worker loafing and elements of work plus the role of protestant work ethic.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
This study examined the relationships perceived co-worker loafing has with job performance, undesirable work behaviours and job satisfaction. The study also examined whether Protestant work ethic moderated these relationships. Two-hundred and twenty one participants from a range of ages and occupations participated in a survey measuring these variables. Perceived co-worker loafing was negatively related to the social subdimension of job performance as well as job satisfaction. Several of the subdimensions of Protestant work ethic moderated the relationship between perceived co-worker loafing and one subdimension of job performance as well as several subdimensions of job performance and work behaviours. There was not a significant relationship between perceived co-worker loafing and work behaviours, however Protestant work ethic was still found to be a consistent moderator between this relationship. Protestant work ethic was also found to be a more nuanced variable than expected, with different subdimensions resulting in both positive and negative interactions.