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International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Online from: 1990

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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


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Title:Workplace conflict and employee well-being: The moderating role of detachment from work during off-job time
Author(s):Sabine Sonnentag, (Department of Psychology, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany), Dana Unger, (Department of Psychology, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany), Inga J. Nägel, (Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany)
Citation:Sabine Sonnentag, Dana Unger, Inga J. Nägel, (2013) "Workplace conflict and employee well-being: The moderating role of detachment from work during off-job time", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 24 Iss: 2, pp.166 - 183
Keywords:Conflict management, Employees, Germany, Psychological detachment, Relationship conflicts, Task conflicts, Well-being
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/10444061311316780 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors would like to thank Anne-Grit Albrecht and Alexander Pundt for helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.
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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