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High Performance Work Systems, Justice, and Engagement: Does Bullying Throw a Spanner in the Works?

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High performance work systems (HPWS) have typically been shown to positively influence employee attitudes and well-being. Research in the realm of HPWS has, in this respect, established a clear connection between these systems and employee engagement through organizationaljustice. In this study, we analyzed if being bullied affects this relationship. Using reasoning fromAffective Events Theory (AET), we expected that the positive association between HPWS and engagement through perceptions of organizational justice is impaired by experiences of workplacebullying. Moreover, we expected a remaining direct effect between HPWS and engagement, alsoattenuated by bullying. Our results in a sample of service workers in Finland (n = 434) could notsupport the moderating role of bullying in the indirect effect. Workplace bullying did, however,impair the remaining direct relationship indicating it disrupts the positive effect of HPWS on engagement. In all, whereas HPWS were found to be beneficial for not bullied respondents, it wasassociated with decreased engagement for the bullied. Our findings further underscore the importance of preventing bullying in our workplaces, as it may significantly alter the outcomes ofpositively intended HR practices into an undesired result.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1660-4601
Issue: 9
Volume: 19
Aantal pagina's: 16
Jaar van publicatie:2022