Facilitating Employee Recovery From Work : The Role of Leader-Member-Exchange





Faculty/Professorship: Work and Organisational Psychology  
Author(s): Volmer, Judith  ; Schulte, Eva-Maria; Fritz, Charlotte
Title of the Journal: Occupational Health Science
ISSN: 2367-0142, 2367-0134
Publisher Information: Cham : Springer Nature
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 1-23
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1007/s41542-022-00132-w
Abstract: 
Building on Affective Events Theory (AET), this study examined within-person relationships between employee perceptions of day-level leader-member exchange (LMX) and day-level positive affect as well as between positive affect and recovery from work in the evening (i.e., relaxation, mastery, control, and psychological detachment from work). In addition, LMX variability was examined as a moderator of these within-person relationships. Employees (N = 160) completed surveys at the end of the workday and in the evening across five consecutive workdays. Results indicate direct relationships between perceptions of LMX and employee positive affect at work. In addition, positive affect was positively associated with two of the four recovery experiences (mastery and relaxation). Furthermore, LMX variability across the workweek moderated these positive indirect effects such that the indirect associations between the perceptions of LMX and employees’ recovery experiences during the evening via positive affect was only positive when LMX variability was low. The indirect effects, however, were nonsignificant when LMX variability was moderate or high. The present study expands LMX research by adopting a dynamic within-person perspective and by connecting the literature on workplace leadership with the literature on recovery from work, indicating that perceptions of LMX can potentially impact employees’ nonwork time.
GND Keywords: Interaktion; Führung; Mitarbeiter; Wohlbefinden
Keywords: Leader-member exchange (LMX), LMX variability, Recovery from work, Positive affect, Daily diary study
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CW 4600   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/57257
Release Date: 13. December 2022