Work Stressors, Role-Based Performance, and the Moderating Influence of Organizational Support

J. Craig Wallace, Bryan D. Edwards, Todd Arnold, M. Lance Frazier, David M. Finch

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Abstract

As a test of the 2-dimensional model of work stressors, the present study proposed differential relationships between challenge stressors and hindrance stressors and role-based performance, which were expected to be moderated by organizational support. In a sample of 215 employees across 61 offices of a state agency, the authors obtained a positive relationship between challenge stressors and role-based performance and a negative relationship between hindrance stressors and role-based performance. In addition, organizational support moderated the relationship between challenge stressors and role-based performance but did not moderate the relationship between hindrance stressors and role-based performance. This suggests that organizations would benefit from increasing challenges in the workplace as long as they are supportive of employees and removing hindrances. Further implications for organizational theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-262
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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