Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (iv, 78 pages)
Supervisors -- Attitudes, Interpersonal relations, Job satisfaction
The present study explored the multilevel effects of supervisor learning adaptability on training effectiveness, and post-training employee job satisfaction in a work-family and safety-based intervention aimed at increasing family supportive supervisor behaviors (FSSB) and safety behaviors. Using a sample of 291 municipal public works field workers from two independent organizations, it was hypothesized that supervisor adaptability positively relates to post-training FSSB and employee job satisfaction. Specifically, it was hypothesized that learning adaptability prepares those supervisors to be more inclined to engage actively in training, thereby increasing employee reported FSSBs more significantly for those supervisors and leading to intervention target results, namely employee job satisfaction. Results did not support the hypothesized relationships. However, bivariate correlations between learning adaptability and FSSBs and job satisfaction are significant and positive, indicating that with a larger sample, learning adaptability may moderate training effectiveness. Theoretical rationale, methods, and scientific contributions are discussed.
Sherwood, Joseph Alvin, "The Multilevel Effects of Supervisor Adaptability on Training Effectiveness and Employee Job Satisfaction" (2015). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2322.