The drastic decline of the work ethic of the Trinidad and Tobago working population is plaguing the individuals’ and organizations’ performance, thereby exacerbating the currently depressed economy. This quantitative, predictive study was designed to determine the extent that work orientation predicted work ethic across three generational cohorts and three industries while controlling for education, gender, position, tenure, income, religion, and ethnicity. Utilizing a post-positivist philosophical framework, the Protestant Work Ethic and generational theories provided the theoretical framework for this study. Applying the non-probability, criterion sampling technique, 1,578 employees from a sample organization in T&T were invited to complete the survey instrument, which included the Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile- SF, Calling and Vocational Questionnaire, and the Multidimensional Calling Measure. A total of 353 responses were received, of which 291 were used for the data analysis. The results of a MANCOVA indicated there were no significant mean differences in work ethic and work orientation across the three generational cohorts. The results of a four-level hierarchical ANCOVA model indicated there were no significant two-way interaction effects. However, a simplified main effect model indicated there was a highly statistically significant effect of ‘presence of a calling’ only on work ethic (p < .001), explaining approximately 10% of the variance in work ethic. These results will furnish the senior executives in the sample organization with the insights to develop recruitment, selection and retention programs identifying and targeting individuals with a ‘presence of a calling’ to improve both the employees’ overall well-being and organizational performance.
|Commitee:||Cheema, Jehanzeb, Charles, Kwame|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Business Psychology: Consulting Track|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Organizational behavior, Organization Theory, Caribbean Studies|
|Keywords:||Calling, Generational Cohort, Trinidad and Tobago, Work Ethic, Work Orientation|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be