TH-P01-096 - An experimental study of objective stress reactions following psychological contract breach perceptions

Track:
Psychobiological stress reaction
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
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Employee stress and burnout
Psychobiological stress reaction
TH-P01-096
An experimental study of objective stress reactions following psychological contract breach perceptions
S. Achnak*, Y. Griep, T. Vantilborgh
 
 
Content: Purpose: Previous research showed that perceptions of psychological contract (PC) breach have undesirable individual and organizational consequences, including reduced performance, job satisfaction, and commitment, as well as increased turnover intentions (Zhao, Wayne, Glibkowski, & Bravo, 2007). Surprisingly, the PC literature has paid little to no attention to the PC breach-stress relationship. Based on the Conservation of Resources theory (Hobföll,1989), we assume that PC breach perceptions represent a perceived loss of valued resources, subsequently leading employees to experience higher stress-levels. Moreover, we suggest that the time the organization takes to account for this breach (i.e., social account timing) will influence the subsequent stress reaction.
Design/Methodology:  Nighty-nine respondents participated in an experimental study. They were randomly assigned to one of five conditions (no breach, early, medium, and late social account timing, and no social account) and then attached to sensors assessing their heart rate, skin conductance and facial expressions. We used a matrices task that consists of 32 matrices, each based on a set of 12 three-digit numbers. Participants were informed that they would receive money depending on their performance. In the breach conditions participants were told that they will not be paid. Also, different control variables were measured: fatigue, demands, and PC violation feelings.
Results: The data are currently being analyzed
Limitations: All participants were first year students
Research/Practical implications: This research will contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the PC breach―stress relationship, especially by its unique focus on objective quantified stress experiences and social account timing.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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