This study examines the question: Why would an employee engage in work that enhances organizational performance but is not necessarily recognized or rewarded by his or her employer? This study suggests that this question can be answered in part by the degree to which an employee endorses the Protestant work ethic (PWE). The relationship between the PWE and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB) is analyzed using two separate survey data samples. Findings support a positive and significant relationship between OCB and two dimensions of the PWE, hard work and independence.
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Ryan, J.J. Work Values and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: Values That Work for Employees and Organizations. Journal of Business and Psychology 17, 123–132 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1016246103190
- protestant work ethic
- organizational citizenship behavior
- organizational justice