Abusive Supervision, Thwarted Belongingness, and Workplace Safety: A Group Engagement Perspective
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; National Natural Science Foundation of China; National Natural Science Foundation of China; 71671006; 71271005; China Postdoctoral Science Foundation; Renmin University of China
The Journal of Applied Psychology
Drawing from the group engagement model of justice, we examine how and when higher abusive supervision relates to fewer safety behaviors and worse safety performance. In Study 1, a 2-wave survey study of 468 manufacturing technicians, we found that belongingness need satisfaction mediated the negative relationship between abusive supervision and safety behavior. In Study 2, a multiwave survey study of 589 airline pilots, we found that safety behavior mediated the adverse relationship between abusive supervision and downstream objective safety performance. Higher trait social standing uncertainty was associated with a stronger adverse relationship between abusive supervision and safety. Indirect relationships of abusive supervision with safety behavior (Study 1) and safety performance (Study 2) were stronger among individuals with higher social standing uncertainty. We discuss the theoretical implications of these findings for managing abusive supervision and safety at work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).
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Yang, L.-Q., Zheng, X., Liu, X., Lu, C.-Q., & Schaubroeck, J. M. (2020). Abusive supervision, thwarted belongingness, and workplace safety: A group engagement perspective. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(3), 230–244. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000436