Organization Management Journal


This study examined the impact of management and team member support on employee attitudes through the mediating effect of safety climate. Five hundred fifty-six physicians and nurses from a large teaching hospital in the eastern United States completed survey items assessing their perceptions of management support, team member support, and safety climate as well as job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Results indicated that while job satisfaction and commitment were directly affected by perceptions of management and team member support, these relationships were also partially mediated by safety climate. In addition, the results suggested that team member support contributed to the prediction of safety climate over and above the effect of management support alone indicating that multiple sources of support may be important in developing positive safety climates. The hypothesized moderating effect of job status was not significant. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research are discussed.