Looking back and falling further behind: The moderating role of rumination on the relationship between organizational politics and employee attitudes, well-being, and performance

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Rosen, Christopher C., Hochwarter, Wayne and Hochwarter, Wayne. (2014) Looking back and falling further behind: The moderating role of rumination on the relationship between organizational politics and employee attitudes, well-being, and performance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2014.03.003
AuthorsRosen, Christopher C., Hochwarter, Wayne and Hochwarter, Wayne
Abstract

The current study tested the theoretically relevant, yet previously unexamined, role of rumination on the relationship between politics perceptions and a variety of threat responses. Drawing from Response Styles Theory, it was argued that rumination amplifies the effects of politics by enhancing the influence of negative information on cognition, interfering with problem-solving, and undermining sources of social support. The work stress literature, along with extant politics research, served to identify four variables – job satisfaction, tension, depressed work mood, and employee effort/performance – that served as study outcomes. Across three unique samples, hypothesized relationships were strongly supported, indicating that politics perceptions negatively affected work outcomes of high ruminators, but demonstrate little influence on those who engage in less rumination. Moreover, the nonlinear influences of the focal constructs were considered and the results confirmed atypical relational forms. Contributions, implications for theory and practice, strengths and limitations, and future research directions are described.

KeywordsOrganizational politics; Politics perceptions; Rumination; Stress; Coping; Satisfaction; Depressed mood; Work effort; Job performance
Year2014
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2014.03.003
Research GroupCentre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing
EditorsX. P. Chen
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