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Understanding employees' response to work-related after-hours use of instant messaging apps: a stress and coping perspective

Hsiang-Lan Cheng (Centers for Disease Control Ministry of Health and Welfare, The Executive Yuan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Tung-Ching Lin (Department of Information Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Wee-Kheng Tan (Department of Information Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Chao-Min Chiu (Department of Information Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 30 April 2021

Issue publication date: 19 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the complex relationships between permeability, work-family conflict, moral disengagement, behavioral disengagement, job strain and job engagement. In addition, this study aims to determine whether moral disengagement acts as a moderator and mediator in the relationship between work-family conflict and behavioral disengagement.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors apply partial least squares structural equation modeling to test the hypotheses, using a sample of 176 valid responses.

Findings

The results indicate that permeability is likely to promote work-family conflict, which in turn may trigger moral disengagement. Moral disengagement may lead to behavioral disengagement, which in turn may increase job strain and decrease job engagement. The findings also show that work-family conflict does not have a significant effect on behavioral disengagement, suggesting that moral disengagement fully mediates the influence of work-family conflict on behavioral disengagement. In addition, the moderating effect of moral disengagement is not significant.

Originality/value

Applying the transactional model of stress and coping theory and the moral disengagement theory, this study contributes to a better understanding of employees' experience of job strain caused by work-family conflict (induced by permeability of IM usage), as well as the employee's coping response.

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Citation

Cheng, H.-L., Lin, T.-C., Tan, W.-K. and Chiu, C.-M. (2021), "Understanding employees' response to work-related after-hours use of instant messaging apps: a stress and coping perspective", Online Information Review, Vol. 45 No. 7, pp. 1247-1267. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-06-2020-0214

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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