FR-P01-063 - The Relationships Between Illegitimate Tasks, Job Satisfaction, and Organizational Identification: The Moderating Role of Relative Importance of Work

Track:
Organizational commitment and identification
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
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Positive organizational behaviour
Organizational commitment and identification
FR-P01-063
The Relationships Between Illegitimate Tasks, Job Satisfaction, and Organizational Identification: The Moderating Role of Relative Importance of Work
S. Ceylan 1,*, G. Ciffiliz Kinay  2, E. Eatough 3, C. E. Nelson  4
1Department of Psychology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, 2Department of Psychology , Adiyaman University , Adiyaman , Turkey, 3Department of Psychology, The City University of New York, New York , 4Department of Psychology , University of South Florida, Tampa, United States
                          
Content: Purpose
Illegitimate tasks (ITs) which violate norms about what an employee can reasonably be expected to do are important occupational stressors (Semmer, Jacobshagen, Meier, & Elfering, 2007). The Stress-as–Offense-to-Self (SOS; Semmer et al., 2007) framework suggests that ITs threaten an employee’s self-worth, especially when work is an important part of an employee’s identity. We investigated the relationships between ITs with job satisfaction and organizational identification, as well as the moderating role of relative importance of work on these relationships.
Design
Data were collected from administrative staff of a state university in Turkey (n = 312) as part of a larger project measuring the satisfaction level of personnel.  
Results
Perceptions of ITs were significantly and negatively related to job satisfaction and emotional identification while positively related to ambivalent and disidentification with the organization. The relationships between ITs and job satisfaction and organizational identification were moderated by the relative importance of work, such that these relationships were stronger for participants who place more value on their work, compared to those who place less value.
Limitations
The cross-sectional and self-report design of the study might suggest that we are unable to assume causality, and shared bias affected the relationships among variables.
Implications
The results of the current study indicate that employees who place great value to their work are more sensitive to ITs.
Originality
To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate the moderator effect of importance of work on the relationship between illegitimate tasks and job attitudes.
 
 
 
 
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