International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss


Non-Financial Employment Commitment and the Social Desirability Bias
Raphael Snir

Non-financial employment commitment (NFEC) is the intrinsic motivation for working. This kind of commitment has some important implications for actual behavior in the workplace. The present research aimed to examine if the measurement of NFEC is biased by social desirability. The sample consisted of 238 full-time workers. Two versions of the lottery question, which asks whether individuals would continue to work if there were no economic reasons to do so, were used to evaluate NFEC. Results indicate that the measurement of NFEC is biased by social desirability. A similar conclusion was already presented by Snir and Harpaz (2002), but the merit of the present research is the use of a social desirability scale in place of the somewhat problematic projective question technique, and a new alternative version of the lottery question, in addition to the classic version.

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