With a basis in affective events theory, this study aims to investigate the mediating role of anger in the relationship between employees’ exposure to workplace bullying and their engagement in deviant behaviours, as well as the invigorating role of their neuroticism in this process.
Three-wave, time-lagged data were collected from employees and their peers in a sample of Pakistani organizations.
Workplace bullying spurs interpersonal and organizational deviance because it prompts feelings of anger in employees. This mechanism is more prominent among employees with high levels of neuroticism.
This study reveals that the experience of anger is a key feature by which bullying behaviours steer employees towards counterproductive work behaviours, and this harmful process is more likely to escalate when employees’ personality makes them more vulnerable to emotional distress.
Jahanzeb, S., Fatima, T. and De Clercq, D. (2021), "When workplace bullying spreads workplace deviance through anger and neuroticism", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 1074-1090. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-03-2020-2094
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