Regulatory job stressors and their within-person relationships with ego depletion: The roles of state anxiety, self-control effort, and job autonomy

Roman Prem, Bettina Kubicek, Stefan Diestel, Christian Korunka

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Abstract

Our research aimed at disentangling the underlying processes of the adverse relationship between regulatory job stressors and ego depletion. Specifically, we analyzed whether state anxiety and self-control effort would mediate the within-person relationships of time pressure, planning and decision-making, and emotional dissonance with ego depletion. In addition, we also tested potential attenuating effects of situational job autonomy on the adverse effects of regulatory job stressors on state anxiety, self-control effort, and ego depletion. Based on an experience sampling design, we gathered a sample of 97 eldercare workers who provided data on 721 experience-sampling occasions. Multilevel moderated serial mediation analyses revealed that time pressure and emotional dissonance, but not planning and decision-making, exerted significant serial indirect effects on ego depletion via state anxiety and self-control effort. Finally, we found conditional serial indirect effects of all three regulatory job stressors on ego depletion as a function of job autonomy. Theoretical implications for scholarly understanding of coping with regulatory job stressors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Ego depletion
  • Job autonomy
  • Job stress
  • Multilevel moderated serial mediation analyses
  • Self-control effort
  • State anxiety

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