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Exploring predictors and consequences of embitterment in the workplace.

Authors
  • Michailidis, Evie1
  • Cropley, Mark1
  • 1 a School of Psychology , University of Surrey , Guildford , UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ergonomics
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2017
Volume
60
Issue
9
Pages
1197–1206
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2016.1255783
PMID: 27801614
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Research on the feeling of embitterment at work is still in its infancy. The present study investigated the predictors and consequences of the feeling of embitterment at work. It was hypothesised that organisational injustice as well as over-controlling supervision would predict embitterment at work and that embitterment would be associated with work-related rumination. Three hundred and thirty-seven employees completed an online survey. Regression analysis revealed that procedural injustice and over-controlling supervision were significant predictors of embitterment and that embitterment contributed significantly to the prediction of increased affective rumination and reduction in detachment. Mediation analysis indicated that embitterment at work was a significant mechanism through which organisational injustice and over-controlling supervision exerted their effect on affective rumination, which is indicative of insufficient recovery from work. Findings suggest that breaches in organisational justice can generate feelings of embitterment at work, which in turn can interfere with employees' ability to adequately recover from work. Practitioner Summary: The purpose of this study was to investigate predictors and consequences of embitterment in the workplace using an online questionnaire. Findings suggest that perceived unfairness, because of structural and organisational aspects, predicts feelings of embitterment and that feeling embittered at work can prevent employees from adequately recovering from work.

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