Taking lessons from expert socialisers: Temps teach us about proactive behaviour

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dc.contributor.advisor Cooper-Thomas, H en
dc.contributor.author Paterson, Nicole en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-12T03:00:42Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/9981 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Temps are serial socialisers. Does their experience with the adjustment process confer benefits for their adjustment success? Can they make up for the lack of organisational input by behaving proactively? The research was conducted to learn about newcomer proactive behaviour from the serial socialising temp population. One hundred and seventy six temps responded to an online-survey regarding their most recent placement, including questions about proactive behaviours, immediate proactive outcomes, adjustment criteria of learning, performance, wellbeing and engagement, self-efficacy and past transition experience over the preceding three months. Limited supportive results were obtained for the direct relationships between proactive behaviours and the adjustment indicators. It was found however that proactive behaviours were indirectly related to most adjustment indicators through the intended immediate proactive outcomes and immediate proactive outcomes also moderated some relationships between proactive behaviours and adjustment indicators. These results suggest that newcomers use proactive behaviours to adjust, but that immediate proactive outcomes are critical in the adjustment process. Further, past transition experience and self-efficacy were found to predict proactive behaviour; and past transition experience was indirectly related to immediate proactive outcomes. These findings indicate that greater experience with the adjustment process and self-efficacy help newcomers to be effectively proactive and therefore to successfully adjust. Of final note, the research is the first to relate newcomer proactive behaviour to employee engagement and wellbeing. These findings have implications for all internal and external newcomer adjustment stakeholders. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99227260714002091 en
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dc.title Taking lessons from expert socialisers: Temps teach us about proactive behaviour en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 259705 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-12 en

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