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Switch off totally or switch off strategically? The consequences of thinking about work on job performance

Zhang, Jing, Li, He, Ma, Yu and Smith, Jing ORCID: 2021. Switch off totally or switch off strategically? The consequences of thinking about work on job performance. Psychological Reports 124 (6) , pp. 2721-2738. 10.1177/0033294120968080

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As a universal workplace phenomenon, the impact of work-related rumination on job performance is attracting scholars’ attention. In the current study, the relationship between two types of work-related rumination, counterproductive behavior, and creativity at work were examined, as well as the mechanism of this association. Participants were 1109 employees from a variety of jobs in mainland China. The results showed that affective rumination was negatively associated with employees’ work creativity and positively associated with counterproductive behavior. On the contrary, problem-solving pondering was positively related to creativity and negatively related to counterproductive behavior. The loss of self-control resource partially mediated the link between affective rumination and counterproductive behavior. Problem-solving pondering had no significant impact on self-control resource. Results suggest the significant effects of problem-solving pondering may be positive in the workplace and clarify the self-control resource is the internal mechanism linking rumination and job performance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Ammons Scientific
ISSN: 0033-2941
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2020
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:24

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