Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Flexible Work Arrangements and Co-Worker Perceptions: The Relationship Between Values, Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment

Document type Thesis
Author Pitek, Joanna Marie
Degree Ph.D., Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Publisher University of Toronto; Toronto
Date 2015
Pages ix, 145 leaves : illustrations


This dissertation explored the relationship between individual-level value differences and workplace attitudes. Using data from a sample of Canadian workers whose co-workers were currently using flexible work arrangements, the relationship between allocentrism and workers' job satisfaction and organizational commitment was explored. A workplace-allocentrism scale was developed and validated. The scale showed adequate validity and reliability and thus was used in the main study. The Co-Worker Model was developed and tested on a sample of adults in Canada who work in organizations where flexible work arrangements are used. Data were collected from an online research panel and then tested using structural equation modeling. The results indicate that allocentric value orientations were positively related to reported organizational commitment, mediated by job satisfaction. This study sheds light on the importance of understanding individual-level value differences when examining the effectiveness and/or ineffectiveness of organizational policies and practices.