Attracting safe employees: How job adverts can affect applicants' choices

L. S. Fruhen*, L. M. Weis, R. Flin

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)


It is not known how organisations in high risk contexts can attract employees with personal attributes that are likely to support organisational safety. Using questionnaires (n = 179), we investigated whether explicit prioritisation of safety in job adverts influences attraction to an organisation based on individuals' safety attitude, prevention promotion focus and pessimism. Individuals with a more positive safety attitude rated the safety-focussed company as attractive and rejected the business-focussed company. Prevention focus, did not relate to attraction to either of the companies. However, a more pronounced promotion focus in individuals was associated with a positive perception of both jobs, indicating that the desire to get a job might be an overriding factor. Furthermore, pessimism did not clearly relate to participants' preferences of the two job adverts. The results suggest that attracting applicants that hold safety related attributes might take more than highlighting safety in job adverts and requires conveying a real sense of commitment to safety and consideration of the management of risks. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalSafety Science
Early online date10 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 16/09/2014


  • attraction-selection-attrition
  • safety
  • job adverts
  • personal attributes
  • person-organization fit
  • regulatory focus
  • climate
  • selection
  • model
  • socialization
  • metaanalysis
  • performance
  • leadership
  • accidents


Dive into the research topics of 'Attracting safe employees: How job adverts can affect applicants' choices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this