The mediating effect of inauthenticity on the relationship between diversity climate and engagement
Downey, Stephanie Nicole
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Fostering a successful climate for diversity can have many positive outcomes for organizations and their employees. This paper investigates the impact of diversity climate on employee engagement. It is hypothesized that the impact of diversity climate on employee engagement will be mediated by employee inauthenticity and that this mediation relationship will be stronger for minority employees. The study was conducted using 417 employees from a large southeastern university. Results indicate that diversity climate led directly to employee engagement for both whites and minorities. Furthermore, inauthenticity was found to be a mediator, but only for minority employees. Theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed along with recommendations for future research.