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Fostering a safe workplace: the transformative impact of responsible leadership and employee-oriented HRM

Huma Bashir (NUST Business School, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Mumtaz Ali Memon (Faculty of Business, Sohar University, Sohar, Oman) (NUST Business School, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Nuttawuth Muenjohn (School of Management, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 20 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Promoting a safe workplace for everyone is a key tenet of Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG-8), which focuses on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Therefore, this study explores how responsible leadership ensures a psychologically safe workplace for everyone, leveraging employee-oriented human resource management. Specifically, drawing on signalling theory, this study aims to examine the impact of responsible leadership on employee-oriented HRM and the subsequent effect of employee-oriented HRM on employees' psychological safety. Furthermore, it investigates the mediating role of employee-oriented HRM in the relationship between responsible leadership and psychological safety.

Design/methodology/approach

Data was collected from banking professionals through a survey questionnaire. A total of 270 samples were collected using both online and face-to-face data collection strategies. The data was analysed using the Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) approach.

Findings

The findings reveal that responsible leadership ensures employee-oriented HRM, which subsequently enhances employees' psychological safety. Further, the results suggest that employee-oriented HRM acts as a mediator between responsible leadership and psychological safety.

Originality/value

Past studies have often emphasized HRM practices as antecedents of various attitudes and behaviours. The present study offers a novel contribution by conceptualizing and empirically validating employee-oriented HRM as a mechanism that links responsible leadership and psychological safety. It stands as the first of its kind to establish this significant relationship, shedding new light on the dynamics between responsible leadership, HRM practices and employees' sense of psychological safety.

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Citation

Bashir, H., Memon, M.A. and Muenjohn, N. (2024), "Fostering a safe workplace: the transformative impact of responsible leadership and employee-oriented HRM", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-06-2023-0318

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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