With the number of self-identified atheists continually on the rise, the discrimination and prejudice that has been experienced by this expanding population are of particular concern. Not only is the sharing of their stigmatized beliefs with friends and family thought to be a source of psychological turmoil, but it is likely to impose barriers in their work lives as well. To understand better how this unique set of challenges influences atheists’ experiences with work, the current study investigated how their disclosure behavior across life domains interact to impact their sense of job satisfaction and organizational commitment. It was found that, while the more comfortable atheists are in discussing their ideology with coworkers, the more positively they tend to view their work; this was not impacted by their openness outside of work, however. Interestingly, evidence was uncovered to suggest that the specific domain in which atheists disclose is not particularly relevant in affecting their work attitudes. Altogether, these findings point to the importance of organizations creating an environment where atheistic co-workers feel comfortable discussing their non-traditional beliefs. Whether it be through the expansion of more inclusive anti-discrimination policies, or employee training focused on religious diversity, companies should prioritize initiatives that increase the comfort atheists (and all individuals) feel in sharing their concealable stigma with others at work.
|Commitee:||Berkley, Robyn, Nadler, Joel|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior|
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