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Perceived Importance of Voice: moderating the relationship between Voice Climate and work-related outcomes

Ethics Approval Number: 2012/068

Researcher: Kate Hames – Honours

Employee perceptions of voice climate and behaviour have been linked with work-related outcomes that impact organisational effectiveness. This study explored the multi-dimensionality of voice climate and its relationship with affective organisational commitment, work engagement, neglect and exit. The perceived importance of voice behaviours was hypothesised to moderate these relationships. Questionnaires were completed by 119 employees from several organisations. As hypothesised, voice climate was found to be multi-dimensional, and to be significantly related to the work-related outcomes. Contrary to hypotheses, perceived importance of voice behaviour did not moderate these relationships. These findings shed light on new research avenues, and may assist employers in understanding how their organisations’ voice climate is associated with important work-related outcomes.