Investigating the influence of factors inhibiting environmental behavior and their relationship to workplace health

Pardon, M.K., McShane, C.J., and Swinbourne, A.L. (2016) Investigating the influence of factors inhibiting environmental behavior and their relationship to workplace health. In: [Presented at the 2016 International Conference of Behavioral Medicine]. From: 2016 ICBM: International Conference of Behavioral Medicine, 7-10 December 2016, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Background: While there has been a wealth of research exploring householdpro-environmental behavior (PEB), very little research has explored PEB in the workplace. This constitutes a considerable gap in the literature and in practice. Workplaces provide substantial opportunities for the implementation of behavioral interventions and policies. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) as a guiding framework, this study sought to identify the predictive validity of perceived behavioral control, environmental attitudes and norms on work-related PEB. Understanding the predictors of this rational behavior has implications for improving both environmental and health outcomes within the workplace.

Method: Staff and students (N=198) from James Cook University, Townsville were recruited to participate in an online questionnaire that explored the attitudinal, normative and control factors associated with workplace PEB.

Findings: The importance of attitudinal, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control factors varied depending on the type of PEB targeted. For example, subjective norms were particularly important for workplace recycling behaviors.

Discussion: The TPB is useful in explaining some PEB due to the intentional and rational nature of environmental behavior. The findings further suggest that workplaces could act as a medium by which to enhance PEB through policy implementation at a micro level. Moreover, due to the nature of some PEB, this policy implementation may have spillover effects for individual health outcomes. The importance of encouraging home PEB may also have positive effects for workplace environmental behavior.

Item ID: 46696
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: environmental behaviour; workplace environmental behaviour; home environmental behaviour; climate change; policy; environmental policy; spillover
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 01:29
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 40%
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