The purpose of this study is to better understand how individuals perceive, and react to, leave taking behaviors of employees and use of workplace policies by employees.
First, we examine the extent to which an employee's leave taking behavior, or use of workplace policies, impacts the perception that that employee is an ideal worker. We examine leave taking in general. We also look at how gender may play a role (male vs female).
Second, we examine how workplace culture can influence how leave taking influences perceptions of employees as ideal workers.
Third, we examine the extent to which the perception that an employee deviates from the ideal worker norm leads to negative consequences for the employee.
We rely on between-subjects design. We utilize fictitious employee profiles which are manipulated to present the leave taking behavior, and characteristics for each unique condition. Participants read the profile for the condition they are assigned to and answer questions about the employee.