Effect of workplace environment cleanliness on judgment of counterproductive work behavior

Gang Huangfu1, Feng Lv2, Cheng Sheng3, Xiaochen Shi4
1School of Economics and Management, Communication University of China and Beihang University, People’s Republic of China
2Business School, Nankai University, People’s Republic of China
3School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, People’s Republic of China
4 School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beihang University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Huangfu, G., Lv, F., Sheng, C., & Shi, X. (2017). Effect of workplace environment cleanliness on judgment of counterproductive work behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(4), 599-604.

Volume 45 Issue 4 | e6083 | Published: May 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6083

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We examined the association between workplace environment cleanliness and employees’ judgment of counterproductive work behavior (CWB). We recruited 59 participants who were employees of a large company in China, and assigned 28 to a clean workroom and 31 to a dirty workroom. We measured their judgment of whether or not behavior was acceptable, using the Counterproductive Work Behavior Checklist. Results showed that participants working in a clean environment tended to regard CWB as less acceptable than did those in a dirty environment, that is, a cleaner environment led to harsher judgment. Results suggested that there is a metaphorical association between environmental cleanliness and moral judgment. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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