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Stressor effects of negative online reviews on anger and burnout in the restaurant industry

Karin Weber (School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Graham L. Bradley (School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Beverley Sparks (Department of THS Management, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 13 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

Owners, managers and employees may be criticized personally and professionally by consumers in online reviews, and may suffer emotional and burnout consequences. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of customer-generated negative online reviews on hospitality employees.

Design/methodology/approach

This research analyzed the effects of traditional face-to-face customer-related social stressors, as well as a newly added negative online review (NOR) stressor, on anger and burnout in a sample of 418 US hospitality workers.

Findings

Structural equation modeling revealed that, after taking into account the contribution of customer-related social stressors, receipt of NORs predicts anger and anger mediates the relationships between NOR-receipt and two indices of burnout.

Practical implications

This research extends our understanding of social stressors that apply to workers in the hospitality industry. It offers strategies for managing the threats and optimizing the opportunities, provided by negative online reviews.

Originality/value

This study is one of the first studies that provide evidence of the personal impact of NORs on hospitality industry employees, thereby extending our understanding of social stressors that apply to workers in this industry.

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Citation

Weber, K., Bradley, G.L. and Sparks, B. (2017), "Stressor effects of negative online reviews on anger and burnout in the restaurant industry", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 29 No. 11, pp. 2847-2866. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2016-0560

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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