Th-OR-S46-3 - Moderator Effects Of Attachment Orientations On The Relationship Between Daily Workload And Daily Work-Related Emotions

Track:
Emotion regulation
What:
Oral Presentation
Part of:
When:
Thursday May 18   03:30 PM to 03:45 PM (15 minutes)
Where:
B006
Discussion:
0
 
Emotion in the workplace
Emotion regulation
Th-OR-S46-3
Moderator effects of attachment orientations on the relationship between daily workload and daily work-related emotions
C. Schusterschitz*, W. Geser 1
1Institute of Psychology, Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
 
Content: Purpose
In the relationship between affective events/ stressors and emotional reactions, AET and the Stressor-Emotion Model of Counterproductive Behavior point to the role of individual differences. As relevant individual difference variables, we call attachment orientations into play. The few existing studies suggest that insecure attachment goes along with more threatening perceptions of workplace stressors and negative emotions at work. Building on that, our main purpose was to analyse moderator effects of attachment anxiety and avoidance on the within-person relationship between daily workload and the daily experience of positive and negative emotions at work.
 
Design/Methodology
Our online diary study (N=342) included daily measures of workload, and of positive and negative work-related emotions, over a period of two workweeks. Global and co-worker specific attachment anxiety and avoidance were assessed once.
 
Results
Besides main effects of attachment anxiety and avoidance on positive and negative emotional experiences, results of multilevel analyses support the moderating role of attachment avoidance in the within-person relationship between daily workload and the daily experience of positive and negative emotions at work. Interestingly, global and co-worker specific avoidance do play different roles.
 
Limitations
A limitation is the exclusive use of self-report measures.
 
 
Research/Practical Implications
Findings suggest considering attachment orientations as moderators in future research. Global and domain-specific measurements are advisable. Insecure employees’ predisposition towards negative emotional experiences should be considered in human resource practices.
 
Originality/Value
This is the first study analysing the moderating role of attachment orientations in the within-person relationship between daily workload and daily emotions at work.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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