Why do employees follow their superiors’ instructions? Identification of the reasons to comply with superiors’ will in a group of Polish employees

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10146/583558
Title:
Why do employees follow their superiors’ instructions? Identification of the reasons to comply with superiors’ will in a group of Polish employees
Authors:
Wojcik, Aleksandra; Merecz-Kot, Dorota ( 0000-0002-8294-4309 ) ; Andysz, Aleksandra ( 0000-0002-1248-2129 )
Other Titles:
Dlaczego pracownicy słuchają swoich przełożonych? Identyfikacja powodów podporządkowania się woli przełożonego w grupie polskich pracowników
Abstract:
Background: Managers influence the way organization works as well as the functioning of subordinates – in the context of their work life but non-professional functioning as well e.g., attitude towards work-life balance or taking care of health. We focused on the superior-subordinate relation, referring to social power bases theory by Raven. We identified the reasons why subordinates decide to follow their superiors’ orders and determined specific styles of compliance with superiors’ will. Understanding why employees listen to their superiors may be valuable in the context of supporting healthy organizational climate and atmosphere of co-operation or communicating values – for example, as regards taking care of own health. We discussed the results referring to the issue of influencing employees in the context of their health behavior. Material and Methods: The research involved 100 Polish employees, aged 28 years old on average, who filled in the Interpersonal Power Inventory by Raven et al. for subordinates in a Polish adaptation by Zaleski. The questionnaire includes 11 subscales referring to power bases. Results: Based on the cluster analysis results, we recognized people who complied because of: all kinds of power bases (typical for 46% of the respondents); the respect for superiors’ professionalism (34%); and formal/objective reasons (20%). Conclusions: Employees differ in terms of their styles of compliance. Their motives to comply with superiors’ instructions constitute compilations of power bases. The superiors’ awareness of the reasons why their employees decide to follow orders is necessary for successful management. It may motivate employees to work but also to take care of their own health.
Affiliation:
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland
Citation:
Medycyna Pracy 2015;66(5):605–614
Journal:
Medycyna Pracy
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10146/583558
DOI:
10.13075/mp.5893.00129
Additional Links:
http://www.journalssystem.com/medpr/Why-do-employees-follow-their-superiors-instructions-Identification-of-the-reasons-to-comply-to-superior-s-will-in-a-group-of-Polish-employees,58309,0,2.html; http://medpr.imp.lodz.pl/Why-do-employees-follow-their-superiors-instructions-nIdentification-of-the-reasons-to-comply-with-superiors-will-nin-a-group-of-Polish-employees,58309,0,1.html
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0465-5893
Appears in Collections:
Articles

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWojcik, Aleksandraen
dc.contributor.authorMerecz-Kot, Dorotaen
dc.contributor.authorAndysz, Aleksandraen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T08:51:14Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-10T08:51:14Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationMedycyna Pracy 2015;66(5):605–614en
dc.identifier.issn0465-5893en
dc.identifier.doi10.13075/mp.5893.00129en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10146/583558en
dc.description.abstractBackground: Managers influence the way organization works as well as the functioning of subordinates – in the context of their work life but non-professional functioning as well e.g., attitude towards work-life balance or taking care of health. We focused on the superior-subordinate relation, referring to social power bases theory by Raven. We identified the reasons why subordinates decide to follow their superiors’ orders and determined specific styles of compliance with superiors’ will. Understanding why employees listen to their superiors may be valuable in the context of supporting healthy organizational climate and atmosphere of co-operation or communicating values – for example, as regards taking care of own health. We discussed the results referring to the issue of influencing employees in the context of their health behavior. Material and Methods: The research involved 100 Polish employees, aged 28 years old on average, who filled in the Interpersonal Power Inventory by Raven et al. for subordinates in a Polish adaptation by Zaleski. The questionnaire includes 11 subscales referring to power bases. Results: Based on the cluster analysis results, we recognized people who complied because of: all kinds of power bases (typical for 46% of the respondents); the respect for superiors’ professionalism (34%); and formal/objective reasons (20%). Conclusions: Employees differ in terms of their styles of compliance. Their motives to comply with superiors’ instructions constitute compilations of power bases. The superiors’ awareness of the reasons why their employees decide to follow orders is necessary for successful management. It may motivate employees to work but also to take care of their own health.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.journalssystem.com/medpr/Why-do-employees-follow-their-superiors-instructions-Identification-of-the-reasons-to-comply-to-superior-s-will-in-a-group-of-Polish-employees,58309,0,2.htmlen
dc.relation.urlhttp://medpr.imp.lodz.pl/Why-do-employees-follow-their-superiors-instructions-nIdentification-of-the-reasons-to-comply-with-superiors-will-nin-a-group-of-Polish-employees,58309,0,1.htmlen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Medycyna Pracyen
dc.subjectComplianceen
dc.subjectHealth promotionen
dc.subjectPoweren
dc.subjectSuperiorsen
dc.subjectSubordinatesen
dc.subjectPower basesen
dc.titleWhy do employees follow their superiors’ instructions? Identification of the reasons to comply with superiors’ will in a group of Polish employeesen_US
dc.title.alternativeDlaczego pracownicy słuchają swoich przełożonych? Identyfikacja powodów podporządkowania się woli przełożonego w grupie polskich pracownikówen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentNofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Polanden
dc.identifier.journalMedycyna Pracyen
This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License
Creative Commons
All Items in ECNIS-NIOM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.