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Feeling Home Already? A Diary Study among Newcomers in STEM about the Effects of Interactions on Organisational Belonging, and how this Differs for Gender

Docter, M.S. (2021) Feeling Home Already? A Diary Study among Newcomers in STEM about the Effects of Interactions on Organisational Belonging, and how this Differs for Gender.

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Abstract:The Dutch sector of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experiences a substantial underrepresentation of female employees. This is due to the masculine nature of it, in which women often not feel accepted and welcome. Since the first months in a new organisation are crucial to become committed and loyal to the organisation, and women mostly drop out in the first year of their job, this study focused on new employees in STEM organisations to see whether interactions at the work floor influenced their organisational belonging, and whether this differs for women compared to men. Additionally, we included the presence of an identifiable role model as a potential buffer against the negative effects of interactions. As such, we conducted a daily diary study in which new employees (N = 97) in the STEM sector were followed for fifteen working days. The results showed that both on a day-level and person-level, interactions cuing feelings of acceptance and competence lead to higher feelings of organisational belonging for men and women. The findings demonstrate the importance of workplace interactions for all newcomers in an organisation, and the need to create a safe workplace to make newcomers feel at home in the STEM sector.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86464
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