Win-win helping: newcomers' helping behaviors promote socialization and the moderating role of impression management motive

[Speaker] Jia, Huiyuan:1
[Co-author] Xie, Xiaofei:1
1:Peking University (China (People's Republic of China))

Entering a new organization or starting a new job, people have to due with learning and adapting to new jobs, roles and the culture of the workplace (Van Mannen & Schein, 1979). This research suggests a more proactive way- helping behavior to promote newcomer's socialization. A longitude organizational survey demonstrated impression management motive strengthens the positive impacts of helping behavior on newcomer's socialization. Helping behavior promoted leader-member exchange between newcomers and their peers, and impression management's positive role derived from its capacity to advance the pathway from high helping behavior to high socialization. The research presents the evidence that impression management is rather a discrete motive in organizations, but functions as a resource that encourages newcomers to achieving better socialization. The findings enhanced understanding of socialization by integrating the motives and leader-member exchange literatures, which to date have developed separately.
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