Improving Workplace Climate in Large Corporations: A Clustered Randomized Intervention

75 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2021

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Sule Alan

European University Institute; Bilkent University; J-PAL

Gozde Corekcioglu

European University Institute - Economics Department (ECO); Kadir Has University

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Date Written: September 2021

Abstract

We evaluate the impact of a program aiming at improving the workplace climate in corporations. The program is implemented via a clustered randomized design and evaluated with respect to the prevalence of support networks, antisocial behavior, perceived relational atmosphere, and turnover rate. We find that professionals in treated corporations are less inclined to engage in toxic competition, exhibit higher reciprocity toward each other, report higher workplace satisfaction and a more collegial atmosphere. Treated firms have fewer socially isolated individuals and a lower employee turnover. The program's success in improving leader-subordinate relationships emerges as a likely mechanism to explain these results.

Keywords: leadership quality, RCTs, relational dynamics, Workplace climate

JEL Classification: C93, M14, M53

Suggested Citation

Alan, Sule and Corekcioglu, Gozde and Corekcioglu, Gozde and Sutter, Matthias, Improving Workplace Climate in Large Corporations: A Clustered Randomized Intervention (September 2021). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP16532, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3928843

Sule Alan (Contact Author)

European University Institute ( email )

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Italy

Bilkent University ( email )

Turkey

J-PAL ( email )

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Gozde Corekcioglu

European University Institute - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

Villa San Paolo
Via della Piazzuola 43
50133 Florence
Italy

Kadir Has University ( email )

Kadir Has Caddesi, Cibali
Istanbul, 34083
Turkey

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

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