Solidarity in Action at a Time of Crisis: The Role of Employee Voice in Relation to Communication and Horizontal Solidarity Behaviour

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Prouska, R., Nyfoudi, M., Psychogios, A., Szamosi, L.T. and Wilkinson, A. (2022). Solidarity in Action at a Time of Crisis: The Role of Employee Voice in Relation to Communication and Horizontal Solidarity Behaviour. British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12598
AuthorsProuska, R., Nyfoudi, M., Psychogios, A., Szamosi, L.T. and Wilkinson, A.
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Solidarity behaviour among employees is important in building a sense of community in organisations, particularly within a crisis context where adverse working conditions prevail. However, we have limited knowledge concerning how solidarity behaviour develops. Using the lens of social exchange theory, this study examines how top-down communication and employee voice relate to horizontal (employee to employee) solidarity behaviour. We conducted two comprehensive studies during the Greek economic crisis and found that the relationship between top-down employee communication and horizontal solidarity behaviour is mediated by employee voice. The paper extends our existing knowledge in the fields of management and HRM by advancing our understanding of horizontal solidarity behaviour, highlighting the role of top-down employee communication as an effective HR practice, and delineating the role of employee voice in fostering workplace camaraderie in SMEs under crisis.

Keywordshorizontal solidarity behaviour; top-down employee communication; employee voice; social exchange theory; economic crisis; Greece
Year2022
JournalBritish Journal of Management
PublisherWiley
ISSN1045-3172
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12598
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Deposited31 Jan 2022
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