Self-determination as a moderator of demands and control : implications for employee strain and engagement

Parker, Stacey L., Jimmieson, Nerina L., & Amiot, Catherine E. (2010) Self-determination as a moderator of demands and control : implications for employee strain and engagement. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76(1), pp. 52-67.

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Does job control act as a stress-buffer when employees' type and level of work self-determination is taken into account? It was anticipated that job control would only be stress-buffering for employees high in self-determined and low in non-self-determined work motivation. In contrast, job control would be stress-exacerbating for employees who were low in self-determined and high in non-self-determined work motivation. Employees of a health insurance organization (N = 123) completed a survey on perceptions of role overload, job control, work self-determination, and a range of strain and engagement indicators. Results revealed that, when individuals high in self-determination perceived high job control, they experienced greater engagement (in the form of dedication to their work). In addition, when individuals high in non-self-determination perceived high job demands, they experienced more health complaints. A significant 3-way interaction demonstrated that, for individuals low in non-self-determination, high job control had the anticipated stress-buffering effect on engagement (in the form of absorption in their work). In addition, low job control was stress-exacerbating. However, contrary to expectations, for those high in non-self-determination, high job control was just as useful as low job control as a stress-buffer. The practical applications of these findings to the organizational context are discussed.

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ID Code: 71583
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article available online 30 June 2009.
Keywords: Demand, Control, Self-determination, Person-Environment Fit, Strain, Engagement
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.06.010
ISSN: 0001-8791
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Vocational Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Vocational Behavior, [VOL 76, ISSUE 1, (2010)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.06.010
Deposited On: 16 May 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 00:43

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