Empowering workplace and wellbeing among healthcare professionals: the buffering role of job control

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Maura Galletta
Igor Portoghese
Daniele Fabbri
Ilaria Pilia
Marcello Campagna

Keywords

affective commitment, emotional exhaustion, healthcare workers, incivility at work, job control, organizational empowerment

Abstract

Background and aim: Health care workers are exposed to several job stressors that can adversely affect their wellbeing. Workplace incivility is a growing organizational concern with the potential to create workplaces harmful to individuals’ wellbeing and increase occupational health risks. Based on the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of two resources (organizational empowerment and job control) on individuals’ well-being (emotional exhaustion) and attitude at work (unit affective commitment). Materials and methods: A total of 210 hospital workers completed a self-administered questionnaire that was used to measure organizational empowerment, workplace incivility, job control, exhaustion, and affective commitment. Data were collected in 2014. Data were examined via linear regression analyses. Results: The results showed that workplace incivility was positively related to emotional exhaustion and negatively related to affective commitment. Workplace empowerment was positively related to affective commitment and negatively related to emotional exhaustion. Furthermore, the positive relationship between workplace empowerment and affective commitment was significantly moderated by job control. Conclusion: Our results found support for the JD-R model. Specifically, results showed the buffering effect of job control in the relationship between empowerment and affective commitment. Our findings may concretely contribute to the stress literature and offer additional suggestions to promote healthy workplaces.

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