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Perceived organizational support, employee health and emotions

Perceived organizational support, employee health and emotions Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine work‐related emotion as a mechanism explaining the relationship between perceived organizational support (POS) and employee physical health. Design/methodology/approach – Study participants were employees at a large Canadian health care organization ( n =72). A survey methodology was utilized. Findings – POS was positively related to physical health. Negative emotion fully mediated this relationship between POS and health, and positive emotion was found to partially mediate this relationship. Research limitations/implications – Cross sectional survey data is one potential limitation. Findings suggest that further investigation of the links between POS, positive and negative job‐related emotion and physical health would be a fruitful avenue of research. Practical implications – Organizations can increase POS through actions that have been investigated in past research. Increasing POS would appear to be one avenue that an organization can utilize to positively influence employee health through its effect on employee work‐related emotion. Originality/value – The paper addresses previous calls to investigate mechanisms underlying the relationship between POS and physical health, and shows that job‐related emotion plays a role in explaining why POS is positively correlated with physical health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Workplace Health Management Emerald Publishing

Perceived organizational support, employee health and emotions

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-8351
DOI
10.1108/17538351211239171
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine work‐related emotion as a mechanism explaining the relationship between perceived organizational support (POS) and employee physical health. Design/methodology/approach – Study participants were employees at a large Canadian health care organization ( n =72). A survey methodology was utilized. Findings – POS was positively related to physical health. Negative emotion fully mediated this relationship between POS and health, and positive emotion was found to partially mediate this relationship. Research limitations/implications – Cross sectional survey data is one potential limitation. Findings suggest that further investigation of the links between POS, positive and negative job‐related emotion and physical health would be a fruitful avenue of research. Practical implications – Organizations can increase POS through actions that have been investigated in past research. Increasing POS would appear to be one avenue that an organization can utilize to positively influence employee health through its effect on employee work‐related emotion. Originality/value – The paper addresses previous calls to investigate mechanisms underlying the relationship between POS and physical health, and shows that job‐related emotion plays a role in explaining why POS is positively correlated with physical health.

Journal

International Journal of Workplace Health ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 22, 2012

Keywords: Canada; Workplace health management; Employees attitudes; Occupational health and safety; Perceived organizational support; Physical health; Positive and negative emotion

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