Pusilo: Better Safe Than Sorry: Personality-Based and Overt Predictors of Workplace Safety

Title: Better Safe Than Sorry: Personality-Based and Overt Predictors of Workplace Safety
Chair: Dr. Thomas W. Britt
Committee: Dr. DeWayne Moore, Dr. Robert Sinclair, Dr. Tracey Tafero
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Brackett 419

Abstract:The current study explores the role of selection in predicting workplace safety using an applied sample of applicants and incumbents in a grocery store chain located in the Southeastern United States. Namely, both personality-based and overt selection assessments, a distinction drawn from the integrity testing literature, will be used in an applied sample to predict on-the-job safety performance and safety outcomes. Both types of assessments are hypothesized to predict two forms of safety performance (compliance and participation), which, in turn, are expected to predict both objective (i.e., work days missed, restricted work days, and micro-accidents) and subjective (i.e., near-miss, minor injuries, and musculoskeletal pain) safety outcomes. In addition, the hypothesized relationships between the selection assessments and safety performance are theorized to be moderated by safety climate strength, which is the degree to which employees view the company and its practices and policies similarly (Siehl & Martin, 1990). A strong climate is expected to weaken the predictor-mediator relationship because strong situations, which provide many cues about how to behave, decrease individual discretion and foster behavioral homogeneity (Hattrup & Jackson, 1996; Meyer, Dalal & Bonaccio, 2009; Mischel, 1977). Three-level multilevel modeling will be used to test the hypotheses.

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