Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pets in the Workplace: The Impact of Pet-Friendly Policies on Employee Stress and the Mediating Role of Perceived Organizational Support
by Naumann, Samantha, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 84; 1589076
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated whether pet-friendly workplace policies, specifically dog-friendly policies, serve as a buffer against stress, as well as impact perceived organizational support (POS). Using a mediational questionnaire design, this study examined whether the availability of a pet-friendly policy was significantly related to employee occupational stress levels and employee POS, with POS mediating the relationship between a pet-friendly policy and stress. One-hundred eighty-eight full-time employees recruited via crowdsourced and snowball sampling methods completed an online survey, including several measures of workplace attitudes. Results supported all hypotheses, revealing that the presence of a pet-friendly policy was significantly related to lower stress, and POS fully mediated this relationship. Significant interactions were also found, indicating that this effect was stronger for dog owners than for employees without dogs. Ultimately, these findings provide support for the affordance of a pet-friendly policy in organizations, when appropriate.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daus, Catherine
Commitee: Bartels, Lynn, Nordstrom, Cynthia
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Occupational stress, Perceived organizational support, Pet-friendly workplace policy
Publication Number: 1589076
ISBN: 978-1-321-75958-7
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