Longitudinal effects of job insecurity on employee outcomes: The moderating role of emotional intelligence and the leader-member exchange

Ting Cheng*, Guohua Emily HUANG, Cynthia Lee, Xiaopeng Ren

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Abstract

The longitudinal study reported herein examines the buffering effects of individual and social resources (emotional intelligence and the leader-member exchange relationship) on the relationships between job insecurity and employee reactions (somatic complaints and organizational commitment) and the relationships between employee reactions over time. The results of this study, which was based on data drawn from 157 nurses employed by three hospitals in China, indicate that emotional intelligence moderates the relationship between job insecurity and somatic complaints at both Time 1 (T1) and Time 2 (T2) and that the leader-member exchange relationship (LMX) buffers the effects of somatic complaints at T1 on organizational commitment at T2. Overall, the findings reveal that the ability of employees to deal with their emotions and their relationships with their supervisors is an important resource that serves to protect employee outcomes when job security is uncertain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-728
Number of pages20
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Job insecurity
  • Leader-member exchange
  • Organizational commitment
  • Somatic complaints

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