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Promoting safety participation through diversity and inclusion climates

Anna Paolillo (Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy) (BRU-IUL, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)
Silvia A. Silva (BRU-IUL, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)
Margherita Pasini (Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Article publication date: 12 September 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of diversity climate and inclusion climate on safety participation behaviors through the mediating effect of the motivation to actively promote safety at work.

Design/methodology/approach

Participants were 491 workers employed in four Italian metal-mechanical companies. They completed a paper questionnaire containing measures of psychological diversity climate, psychological inclusion climate, safety motivation participation and safety participation behaviors. Data were analyzed with structural equation modeling.

Findings

Results showed that safety participation motivation fully mediates the relationship between diversity climate and safety participation behaviors, whereas it partially mediates the relationship between climate for inclusion and safety participation behaviors.

Practical implications

The present findings can help managers to motivate employees in pursuing safety goals independently of compensation or obligation by creating an organization in which the main concern is caring for each other’s well-being.

Originality/value

This is the first study which has empirically tested the relationships between diversity climate, inclusion climate and safety behaviors. It has extended previous research which simply tested the effects of objective types of diversity on safety performance.

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Citation

Paolillo, A., Silva, S.A. and Pasini, M. (2016), "Promoting safety participation through diversity and inclusion climates", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 308-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-01-2015-0002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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