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Supervisor incivility and turnover intention of the employees in the hospitality industry of China

Jie Yin (Department of Exhibition Economy and Management, College of Tourism, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China)
Yingchao Ji (College of Tourism, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China)
Yensen Ni (Department of Management Sciences, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 10 October 2022

Issue publication date: 27 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

As supervisor incivility and its negative effect may impact employees’ psychological health and even the sustainable development of hospitality enterprises, this study aims to explore the channels through which it affects employee turnover intention in China’s hospitality industry and suggest possible mitigation measures.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted exploratory factor analysis, measurement model analysis and the mediation and moderation model and used SPSS and PROCESS for the analysis.

Findings

This study found that the impact of supervisor incivility on the employees’ turnover intention would be through employees’ ego depletion and revealed that organizational support would alleviate such a negative effect. However, organizational support might not mitigate the impact of supervisor incivility on the employees’ ego depletion, which is inconsistent with previous studies. This study inferred that organizational support might be somewhat related to organizational pressure, thereby enhancing the impact of supervisor incivility on the employees’ ego depletion.

Research limitations/implications

This study not only enriches incivility literature but also suggests new insights into the mixed role of organizational support.

Originality/value

Unlike previous studies that mainly focused on workplace pressure from colleagues or customers, this study broadens our understanding of the employees’ turnover intention affected by supervisors’ workplace incivility and the mixed role of organizational support.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: Jie Yin has really appreciated the financial support from Youth Project of National Social Science Foundation, China (20CGL022).

Citation

Yin, J., Ji, Y. and Ni, Y. (2023), "Supervisor incivility and turnover intention of the employees in the hospitality industry of China", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 682-700. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2021-1302

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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