Antecedents of psychological detachment from work and it's effect on task performance

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SeonMyoung Yu
TaeYong Yoo

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The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between psychological detachment from work in nonworking time and it’s antecedents such as general self-efficacy and rumination behavior, and the relationship between psychological detachment from work in nonworking time and task performance. Also, this study tests the moderating effect of outcome-oriented culture in the relationship between psychological detachment from work and task performance. Using the survey research method, data were collected from 259 employees who were working in a variety of organizations in Korea. To reduce the effect from the common method bias, task performance of participants was rated by their peers or supervisors. The results indicate that general self-efficacy is positively related with psychological detachment, rumination behavior is negatively related with psychological detachment, and psychological detachment from work is not related with task performance. It is found the relationship between psychological detachment and task performance is moderated by outcome-oriented culture. When employees who perceive organizational culture is more outcome-oriented, there is a negative relationship between psychological detachment and task performance. In contrast, when employees who perceive organizational culture is less outcome-oriented, there is a positive relationship between psychological detachment and task performance. Based on there results, implication of results, future research tasks, and limitations of this study were discussed.

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