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All's well that ends well!? Moderating effects of goal progress on the relation between challenge and hindrance appraisal and well-being

Michael Kronenwett (Work, Organizational, and Business Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany)
Thomas Rigotti (Work, Organizational, and Business Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany) (Leibniz Insitute for Resilience Research, Mainz, Germany)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 22 October 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing from both the transactional theory of stress and the conservation of resources theory, this paper sets out to investigate the role of demand-specific challenge and hindrance appraisal of emotional demands, as well as time pressure and perceived goal progress within the challenge–hindrance framework.

Design/methodology/approach

For this research, 91 employees provided daily diary data for one working week. Focusing on within-persons effects, multilevel moderated mediation models using multilevel path analyses were applied.

Findings

Both emotional demands and time pressure exert positive effects on work engagement when people expect resource gain (challenge appraisal), independent of actual resource gain (achievement). Furthermore, results show that goal progress buffers negative effects of perceived blocked resource gain (hindrance appraisal) on both emotional and motivational well-being.

Originality/value

This research proposes an extension and refinement of the challenge–hindrance stressor framework to explain health-impairing and motivational processes of emotional demands and time pressure, combining reasoning from both appraisal and resource theory perspectives. The study identifies demand-specific challenge and hindrance appraisals as mediators linking demands to emotional and motivational well-being, emphasizing the influence of goal progress as a resource on these relations.

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Citation

Kronenwett, M. and Rigotti, T. (2020), "All's well that ends well!? Moderating effects of goal progress on the relation between challenge and hindrance appraisal and well-being", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-11-2019-0618

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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