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    Organizational uncertainty and stress among teachers in Hong Kong: work characteristics and organizational justice

    Hassard, Juliet and Teoh, Kevin and Cox, Tom (2017) Organizational uncertainty and stress among teachers in Hong Kong: work characteristics and organizational justice. Health Promotion International 32 (5), pp. 860-870. ISSN 0957-4824.

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    Abstract

    A growing literature now exists examining the relationship between organizational justice and employees’ experience of stress. Despite the growth in this field of enquiry, there remain continued gaps in knowledge. In particular, the contribution of perceptions of justice to employees’ stress within an organizational context of uncertainty and change, and in relation to the new and emerging concept of procedural-voice justice. The aim of the current study was to examine the main, interaction and additive effects of work characteristics and organizational justice perceptions to employees’ experience of stress (as measured by their feelings of helplessness and perceived coping) during an acknowledged period of organizational uncertainty. Questionnaires were distributed among teachers in seven public primary schools in Hong Kong that were under threat of closure (n =212). Work characteristics were measured using the demand–control–support model. Hierarchical regression analyses observed perceptions of job demands and procedural-voice justice to predict both teachers’ feelings of helplessness and perceived coping ability. Furthermore, teacher’s perceived coping was predicted by job control and a significant interaction between procedural voice justice and distributive justice. The addition of organizational justice variables did account for unique variance, but only in relation to the measure of perceived coping. The study concludes that in addition to ‘traditional’ work characteristics, health promotion strategies should also address perceptions of organizational justice during times of organisational uncertainty; and, in particular, the value and importance of enhancing employee’s perceived ‘voice’ in influencing and shaping justice-related decisions.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): work characteristics, organizational justice, stress, organizational change, teachers
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Juliet Hassard
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 12:36
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 09:33
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14627

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