The buffering effect of selection, optimization, and compensation strategy use on the relationship between problem solving demands and occupational well-being: A daily diary study

Antje Schmitt, Hannes Zacher, Michael Frese

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Abstract

This study investigated within-person relationships between daily problem solving demands, selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) strategy use, job satisfaction, and fatigue at work. Based on conservation of resources theory, it was hypothesized that high SOC strategy use boosts the positive relationship between problem solving demands and job satisfaction, and buffers the positive relationship between problem solving demands and fatigue. Using a daily diary study design, data were collected from 64 administrative employees who completed a general questionnaire and two daily online questionnaires over four work days. Multilevel analyses showed that problem solving demands were positively related to fatigue, but unrelated to job satisfaction. SOC strategy use was positively related to job satisfaction, but unrelated to fatigue. A buffering effect of high SOC strategy use on the demands-fatigue relationship was found, but no booster effect on the demands-satisfaction relationship. The results suggest that high SOC strategy use is a resource that protects employees from the negative effects of high problem solving demands. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-149
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Apr-2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employee Attitudes
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Problem Solving
  • Fatigue
  • Well Being
  • Adult
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel Management
  • Personnel Selection
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult
  • LIFE-MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
  • CORE SELF-EVALUATIONS
  • WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • NEGATIVE AFFECTIVITY
  • JOB-SATISFACTION
  • ORGANIZATIONAL-BEHAVIOR
  • DESIGN QUESTIONNAIRE
  • CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY
  • COMMUNITY SAMPLE

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