Workplace conflict and employee well-begin: The moderating role of detachment from work during off-job time

Sonnentag, Sabine ; Unger, Dana ; Nägel, Inga J.

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Conflict Management : IJCMA
Volume: 24
Issue number: 2
Page range: 166-183
Place of publication: Bingley
Publishing house: Emerald
ISSN: 1044-4068 , 1758-8545
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Arbeits- u. Organisationspsychologie (Sonnentag 2010-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Keywords (English): Task conflicts, Relationship conflicts, Well-being, Psychological detachment, Conflict management, Employees, Germany
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this study is to address the relation between task and relationship conflicts at work and employee well-being. It seeks to examine psychological detachment from work during off-job time as a moderator in the relation between conflicts and well-being. Design/methodology/approach – In a field study, 291 white-collar employees completed survey measures of task conflicts, relationship conflicts, psychological detachment from work during off-job time, and well-being. Control variables included workload and job control. Findings – Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that employees experiencing high levels of task conflicts and high levels of relationship conflicts report poorer well-being. As predicted, psychological detachment from work mitigated the negative relation between relationship conflicts and well-being. Contrary to expectations, psychological detachment failed to moderate the relation between task conflicts and well-being. Practical implications – The study suggests that employees should be encouraged to disengage mentally from work during leisure time. Originality/value – This study links research on workplace conflicts with research on recovery processes. It tests the moderator effect of psychological detachment from work on the association between workplace conflicts and well-being.

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