A socio-motivational perspective on energy conservation in the workplace: the potential of motivational interviewing

Amelie V. Guentner, Florian E. Klonek, Simone Kauffeld

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the challenge of motivating employees regarding energy conservation, by providing a socio-motivational and micro-interactional perspective on energy conservations in the workplace. Building on change management research, we highlight the socio-relational and motivational dynamics between energy managers and employees in conversations about energy-related behaviour change. Further, we introduce Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a socio-relational approach that offers potential to help energy managers in discussing energy savings with employees. In this regard, we outline how introductory training in MI for energy managers can be designed, can provide detailed information on procedures, and present methodological approaches to evaluate these types of interventions. Finally, we provide a detailed analysis of conversational dynamics between an energy manager and an employee who we evaluated as part of a training evaluation study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Employee Pro-Environmental Behaviour
EditorsVictoria K. Wells, Diana Gregory-Smith, Danae Manika
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter14
Pages287-312
Number of pages26
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781786432827
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018

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