Quotation Vogel, Dominik, Willems, Jurgen. 2020. The Effects of Making Public Service Employees Aware of Their Prosocial and Societal Impact: A Microintervention. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 30 (3), 485-503.




Over the past decade, practitioners and scholars have intensified the discussions around people’s expectations from their jobs and how public and private organizations can succeed in the war for talent. In this context, it has become obvious that people not only seek high salaries and career opportunities but also meaningfulness in their daily tasks. Although many public service jobs offer opportunities to help others (prosocial impact) or contribute to society (societal impact), employees tend to become accustomed to these positive aspects or forget about them. This article tests whether a microintervention that emphasizes employees’ prosocial or societal impact can positively affect their well-being, intention to stay in the job, and willingness to recommend their respective jobs to others. The combined results of three preregistered experiments reveal that microinterventions can indeed have these effects, particularly if they focus on creating awareness about the jobs’ societal impact.


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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title The Effects of Making Public Service Employees Aware of Their Prosocial and Societal Impact: A Microintervention
Volume 30
Number 3
Year 2020
Page from 485
Page to 503
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muz044
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muz044
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://vogel-online.info/en/publication/20-jpart-prosocial-societal-impact/


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Vogel, Dominik (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5507 Motivational psychology (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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