Supervisor Phubbing Phenomenon in Organizations: Determinants and Impacts

Raja Mehtab Yasin, Sajid Bashir*, Mariek Vanden Abeele, Jos Bartels

*Corresponding author for this work

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Supervisor phubbing occurs when supervisors use their mobile phone during an interaction with a subordinate. This study explores the effects of supervisor phubbing on employees’ organization-based self-esteem with a specific focus on subordinates’ experience of social exclusion. Drawing on data from a sample of 407 respondents, the study findings show no direct relationship between perceived supervisor phubbing and organization-based self-esteem. However, employees who perceive their supervisor as using a phone more frequently during interpersonal interactions with them reported higher feelings of social exclusion during these interactions, which, in turn, predicted lower organization-based self-esteem. The study also examined the facilitating effect of power distance between supervisors and employees, which was partially supported. The implications of these findings for organizational policy are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-172
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Business Communication
Issue number1
Early online date4 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • need to belong
  • organization-based self-esteem
  • power distance
  • rejection sensitivity
  • social exclusion
  • supervisor phubbing


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