Safety Climate Linked to Job Satisfaction

Survey data were collected from 6207 truck drivers from two U.S. trucking companies. The objective turnover rate was collected one year after the survey data collection. Results showed that employees’ safety climate perceptions were linked to employees’ level of job satisfaction, engagement, and objective turnover rate, thus supporting the application of social exchange theory.

Huang, et al.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2017, 840 truck drivers died on the job. (Compare this to 95 police officers in the same year.) Would the link between safety climate and job satisfaction hold up in an ordinary office job? In other words, does perceived safety risk moderate the relationship between safety climate and job satisfaction? – Ben

Read Beyond Safety Outcomes: An Investigation of the Impact of Safety Climate on Job Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Turnover Using Social Exchange Theory as the Theoretical Framework in Applied Ergonomics.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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