TH-P01-107 - Developing Perceptions of Person-Environment Fit: Exploring the Role of Affective, Cognitive and Behavioral Triggers Using a Weekly Diary Study

Track:
Work attitudes and values
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
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0
 
Emotion in the workplace
Work attitudes and values
TH-P01-107
Developing Perceptions of Person-Environment Fit: Exploring the Role of Affective, Cognitive and Behavioral Triggers Using a Weekly Diary Study
W. Vleugels 1 1,*, R. De Cooman 1, M. Verbruggen 1, O. Solinger 2
1KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
Content: Purpose – Based on Affective Events (Weiss & Cropanzano, 1996), Sense Making (Louis, 1980), and Self-Perception Theory (Bem, 1967), we propose that three types of triggers (i.e., affective, cognitive, and behavioural experiences) play a significant role in the formation process of employees’ perceptions of person-environment fit. We therefore examine whether people’s level of perceived fit fluctuates over time as a function of weekly affect, self-appraised task performance, psychological contract (PC) breach, and organizational citizenship behaviours (OCB).
Design/methodology – We followed 161 participants in a multi-wave (i.e., 12 weekly measures) study design and explore concurrent as well as lagged effects.
Results – Findings indicate that employees’ weekly levels of value fit, demands-abilities fit and needs-supplies fit are strongly influenced by affective, cognitive and behavioural factors within the same time interval. However, none of the lagged models proved to be significant.
Limitations – Concurrent effects may be influenced by the self-reported nature of the variables.
Research/Practical Implications – This study’s results opens up new avenues for further within-person research to get insight in what factors relate to people’s psychological experience of fit beyond the mere interplay between personal and environment characteristics.
Originality/value – This study is the first to link various types of antecedents to intra-individual fluctuations in fit, which adds to the literature by giving insight into the black box of perceived fit.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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