Thriving at work but insomniac at home: understanding the relationship between supervisor bottom-line mentality and employee functioning

Babalola, Mayowa T, Ren, Shuang, Ogbonnaya, Chidiebere, Riisla, Katrin, Soetan, Gbemisola T and Gok, Kubilay (2020) Thriving at work but insomniac at home: understanding the relationship between supervisor bottom-line mentality and employee functioning. Human Relations. pp. 1-25. ISSN 0018-7267

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Abstract

Bottom-line mentality (BLM) describes a one-dimensional frame of mind revolving around bottom-line pursuits, which pervades most organizations today. But how does working with high BLM supervisors affect employees’ functioning both at work and at home? Guided by this question, we draw on social information processing theory and insights from the person–environment fit literature for a nuanced understanding of the effects of supervisor BLM. Using data from two field studies conducted in China (340 employees) and the United States (174 employees), we find that supervisor BLM increases employee perceptions of a competitive climate that ultimately increases employee thriving at work and insomnia outside work. We further find that employee trait competitiveness moderated the indirect relationship (via perceived competitive climate) between supervisor BLM and thriving at work but not for insomnia; employees high (versus low) in trait competitiveness were found to thrive at work under the competitive climate stimulated by high BLM supervisors. Taken together, our findings highlight the need for organizational leaders to be cautious of being too narrowly focused on bottom-line outcomes and aware of the wider implications of BLM on different domains of their employees’ lives.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Supervisor bottom-line mentality, Perceived competitive climate, Trait competitiveness, Thriving at work, Insomnia
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 09:05
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 15:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94862

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