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Catering to the needs of an aging workforce : the role of employee age in the relationship between corporate social responsibility and employee satisfaction.

Wisse, B. and van Eijbergen, R. and Rietzschel, E.F. and Scheibe, S. (2018) 'Catering to the needs of an aging workforce : the role of employee age in the relationship between corporate social responsibility and employee satisfaction.', Journal of business ethics., 147 (4). pp. 875-888.

Abstract

Contemporary organizations often reciprocate to society for using resources and for affecting stakeholders by engaging in corporate social responsibility (CSR). It has been shown that CSR has a positive impact on employee attitudes. However, not all employees may react equally strongly to CSR practices. Based on socio-emotional selectivity theory (Carstensen in Science 312:1913–1915, 2006), we contend that the effect of CSR on employee satisfaction will be more pronounced for older than for younger employees, because CSR practices address those emotional needs and goals that are prioritized when people’s future time perspective decreases. In one multi-source field study (N = 143) and one experimental study (N = 500), we demonstrate that CSR indeed has a stronger positive effect on employee satisfaction for older relative to younger employees. Accordingly, engaging in CSR can be an attractive tool for organizations that aim to keep their aging workforce satisfied with their job.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2983-8
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Last Modified:21 Feb 2018 09:44

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