Social recognition at the workplace: The role of equality-based respect

11 mars 2019

Les Midis du CIRTES, lundi 11/023/2019.

Dr. Daniela Renger, Social and Political Psychology, Kiel University, Germany.

Recent research on recognition or respect in organizational settings used very different conceptualizations, reaching from achievement-based definitions to definitions based on human dignity. In this talk, I would like to introduce recognition theory (Honneth, 1995) as a framework for studying consequences of (dis)respect at work. Respect defined as the recognition as someone of equal worth who is taken seriously is distinguished from two other forms of recognition, namely achievement-based social esteem and need-based care. In a sample of employees, we studied experienced recognition on these three dimensions from both supervisors and colleagues. Although all three forms of recognition were associated with employees’ autonomy perceptions as well as work satisfaction when regarded separately, taking all three simultaneously into account revealed a unique role of respect from both colleagues and supervisors. My experimental work further demonstrated that high in contrast to low respect from ingroup members increases voice and performance in work groups. I discuss these findings in the context of the workplace with regard to the overall model of recognition theory.