Group Mate Absence, Dissimilarity, and Individual Absence: Another Look at 'Monkey See, Monkey Do'

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 21, Issue 1, February 2012

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-445

Posted: 28 May 2013  

Ian R. Gellatly

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Natalie Allen

Independent

Date Written: February 1, 2012

Abstract

In this study, we examined whether the alignment of individual and group absence depended on an individual's similarity or dissimilarity with his or her group mates. The study hypotheses were tested with organizational data, involving 1382 employees from 181 work groups. Our criterion was individual absence frequency, observed over a 12-month period. Dissimilarity indices fororganizational tenure and union affiliation were computed from organizational records. We found that the relation between group mate absence and individual absence was moderated by dissimilarity with respect to union affiliation (but not tenure dissimilarity), such that those with low union dissimilarity scores were more likely to align their absence behaviour with that of their group mates.

Keywords: Dissimilarity, Employee absenteeism, Relational demography, Social influence, Workgroup mate absence

Suggested Citation

Gellatly, Ian R. and Allen, Natalie, Group Mate Absence, Dissimilarity, and Individual Absence: Another Look at 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' (February 1, 2012). European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 21, Issue 1, February 2012; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-445. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270689

Ian R. Gellatly (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Natalie Allen

Independent ( email )

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