TH-P01-051 - Extremely Committed and Incredibly Satisfied: The positive and negative effects of identification on burnout

Track:
Burnout and fatigue
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Employee stress and burnout
Burnout and fatigue
TH-P01-051
Extremely Committed and Incredibly Satisfied: The positive and negative effects of identification on burnout
L. Avanzi*, S. Albertini, G. De Plato 1, G. Sarchielli 1, F. Fraccaroli 2
1University of Bologna, Bologna, 2Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Rovereto, Italy
 
Content: Purpose. A large literature documented the positive relation between organizational identification and job satisfaction and employee well-being. Starting from the Social Identity Approach, it has been argued that a shared sense of membership satisfies important human needs, such as belonging and connectedness, and, as a consequence, strongly identified employees show stronger levels of job satisfaction. However, some authors argued that identification could have at the same time a dark-side. In particular, identification may increase the employees’ availability to work harder in order to achieve organizational goals, and sometimes it is possible that this “work harder” results in an excessive overcommitment, that in turn could decrease employees’ health and well-being. Thus, identification could be simultaneously a source of positive (job satisfaction) and negative (workaholism) attitudes at work related to well-being (burnout). Furthermore, considering previous empirical evidences, we hypothesize that the negative impact of workaholism on burnout should be worse for less satisfied employees, outlining another possible channel of influence of identification on well-being. Design/Methodology We tested our model in a large sample of Italian doctors nested in many departments. Results Multilevel analyses conducted with SPSS and Mplus supported all hypotheses. Limitations Our data were cross-sectional in nature, thus other research should use longitudinal design. Research/Practical Implications These results suggested that the effect of belonging on employees well-being could be more complex as usually argued. Originality/Value To our knowledge, the study is the first to test the simultaneous positive and negative effect of identification.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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