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Impact of managerial communication styles on employees’ attitudes and behaviours

Shilpee A. Dasgupta (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Kharagpur, India)
Damodar Suar (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Kharagpur, India)
Seema Singh (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Kharagpur, India)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

Through the lens of social exchange theory and organisation support theory, the purpose of this paper is to examine the passive, aggressive, and assertive styles of managers/supervisors that influence perceived supervisory support and to test whether the support increases employees’ satisfaction with the communication of supervisors and their organisation‐based self‐esteem. It also assesses whether employees’ communication satisfaction and their self‐esteem influence employees’ performance, commitment and absenteeism.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 400 employees from ten manufacturing firms in India were studied through questionnaire survey. Standard instruments were used to assess the constructs. A scale was developed to measure the communication style of managers and a single item to assess absenteeism.

Findings

Results revealed that assertive style of communication lends maximum support to employees. Perceived supervisory support at the workplace enhances employees’ satisfaction with communication of supervisors and organisation‐based self‐esteem. Satisfaction with communication fosters a strong emotional bond with organisations and the emotional bond with organisations reduces employees’ absenteeism.

Originality/value

The paper shows that employees’ organisation‐based self‐esteem increases their job performance. Organisations can conduct training programs to develop an assertive communication style in their managers/supervisors to increase the support to subordinates; thereby its positive consequences will follow in increasing employees’ performance and commitment and reducing absenteeism.

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Citation

Dasgupta, S.A., Suar, D. and Singh, S. (2013), "Impact of managerial communication styles on employees’ attitudes and behaviours", Employee Relations, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 173-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/01425451311287862

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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