TH-P01-030-interactive - Studying the Role of Psychological Detachment in the Stressor-Strain Relationship: A Diary Study with Line Managers

Track:
Recovery and unwinding
What:
Interactive Poster Presentation
When:
1 hour 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
 
Employee stress and burnout
Recovery and unwinding
TH-P01-030-interactive
Studying the Role of Psychological Detachment in the Stressor-Strain Relationship: A Diary Study with Line Managers
J. Nolte 1,*, T. Straatmann 2, R. Priemer, A. M. Engel 2
1Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, 2Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
 
Content: Purpose
Managers are affected by very stressful work environments. As suggested by the stressor-detachment model (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2015), psychological detachment is an important recovery experience. However, little is known about the mediating and moderating functions of psychological detachment for managers.
 
Design/Methodology
The sample consisted of 170 line managers in production departments of a large international manufacturing company. Data for this study was collected in a diary study once a week over a period of four weeks. The stressor-detachment model was tested using measures of stressors and detachment from week one to predict strain at week one, two, three and four. To analyze the proposed relationships moderation and mediation regression analyses were performed using Hayes’ (2012) PROCESS macro.
 
Results
While detachment did not moderate the stressor-strain relationship, a mediation effect was found not only in the first week but also in the third and forth week.
 
Limitations
This study relied on self-reports. Although there is a risk of common method bias, the study measured constructs at different times.
 
Research/Practical Implications
The findings indicate the high relevance of psychological detachment for managers which helps to maintain well-being in stressing situations over a period of four weeks. Therefore, companies should invest in the managers’ ability to detach in order to maintain health in the long term. 
 
Originality/Value
This study contributes to the understanding of psychological detachment of line managers. Notably, it supports the long-term mediating effects of detachment in the stressor-strain relationship.
 
Keywords 
Diary study, job stress, psychological detachment, strain, line managers
 
 
 
 
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