Title

Does organizational embeddedness deplete the employee psychological resources in the face of pandemic?

Abstract/Description

This paper aims at studying the psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees of the Banking and Healthcare organizations in Pakistan. We hypothesized that in the face of the pandemic individuals with the higher organizational embeddedness are more likely to dwell on repetitive negative thoughts (rumination) which in turn results in their lower psychological wellbeing. The data for the study was collected during the first COVID-19 led lockdowns in Pakistan from March to May 2020 from 307 respondents. The structural equation modelling and Process Macro were run to analyse our collected data. The findings of the study confirmed that fear of COVID-19 infection has a significant negative effect on employee psychological wellbeing and that this relationship was mediated by employee rumination. Further, we found that organizational embeddedness buffered the negative effects of fear of COVID-19 on employee psychological wellbeing. The current study significantly contributed to job embeddedness theory which affirms that job embeddedness provides resources that help improve employee well-being.

Track

Management

Session Number/Theme

Session 3C: Employee Behavior

Session Chair

Dr. Nyla Aleem Ansari, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Start Date/Time

24-6-2022 3:20 PM

End Date/Time

24-6-2022 3:40 PM

Location

Training Room 1, Marriott Hotel, Karachi

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Does organizational embeddedness deplete the employee psychological resources in the face of pandemic?

Training Room 1, Marriott Hotel, Karachi

This paper aims at studying the psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees of the Banking and Healthcare organizations in Pakistan. We hypothesized that in the face of the pandemic individuals with the higher organizational embeddedness are more likely to dwell on repetitive negative thoughts (rumination) which in turn results in their lower psychological wellbeing. The data for the study was collected during the first COVID-19 led lockdowns in Pakistan from March to May 2020 from 307 respondents. The structural equation modelling and Process Macro were run to analyse our collected data. The findings of the study confirmed that fear of COVID-19 infection has a significant negative effect on employee psychological wellbeing and that this relationship was mediated by employee rumination. Further, we found that organizational embeddedness buffered the negative effects of fear of COVID-19 on employee psychological wellbeing. The current study significantly contributed to job embeddedness theory which affirms that job embeddedness provides resources that help improve employee well-being.