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Workplace Attachment Style and Performance: The Mediating Roles of Trusting and Feeling Trusted

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Title: Workplace Attachment Style and Performance: The Mediating Roles of Trusting and Feeling Trusted
Author: Gibbard, Katherine
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Gill, Harjinder
Abstract: This study investigated the impact of workplace attachment style on performance at work, through trust in one’s supervisor and felt trust. Employees with higher levels of attachment anxiety are proposed to display decreased job performance and fewer organizational citizenship behaviours (OCBs) because of diminished felt trust and trust in their supervisor. Employees with higher levels of both attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance are hypothesized to experience decreased trust in their supervisor. The mediation pathways were supported in a sample of 436 employed university students who self-reported citizenship behaviours using survey methodology. The negative relationship between attachment anxiety and felt trust, as well as the positive relationship between trust in supervisor and job performance were supported in a sub-set of the sample that had co-worker evaluations of participants’ job performance and OCBs. Implications for practice and for future research on workplace attachment styles, trust, and felt trust are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16930
Date: 2019-08
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