Socially Responsible Behavior of Sales Staff: Evidence from Western Balkans Supermarkets
Keywords:Retail, Trade, Socially Responsible Behavior, Supermarkets, Human Resource, EU Countries
The aim of this paper is to design a model that will promote socially responsible behavior of sales staff in supermarkets in the region of the Western Balkans. Data in the research is collected electronically through a questionnaire, on a sample of 977 consumers in the largest supermarkets on the Western Balkans market. Chi-square test, P value test and contingency (C) coefficient were used to test the hypotheses and interpret results. Based on respondents' answers and performed tests, we developed a model of socially acceptable behavior of sales staff. The findings showed the differences between the indicators of social responsibility are not statistically significant, depending on the retailers where products are sold. Indicators show a statistically significant dependence of the countries, observed at the level of the region of Western Balkan countries that are members of the EU and transition countries outside the EU. Defined model of socially responsible behavior of sales staff is significant in practice: a) it can assist management of trading companies in defining and creating socially responsible workplace and a seller who will meet consumers’ needs and desires in a socially responsible manner; b) it provides the management of supermarkets from transition countries the insight into indicators that should be developed and strengthened in order to be competitive in the retail sector of developed EU countries. Guidelines for future research are provided in the paper.