This study seeks to unpack the relationship between employees' exposure to workplace bullying and their turnover intentions, with a particular focus on the possible mediating role of perceived organizational politics and moderating role of creativity.
The hypotheses are tested with multi-source, multi-wave data collected from employees and their peers in various organizations.
Workplace bullying spurs turnover intentions because employees believe they operate in strongly politicized organizational environments. This mediating role of perceived organizational politics is mitigated to the extent that employees can draw from their creative skills though.
For managers, this study pinpoints a critical reason – employees perceive that they operate in an organizational climate that endorses dysfunctional politics – by which bullying behaviors stimulate desires to leave the organization. It also reveals how this process might be contained by spurring employees' creativity.
This study provides novel insights into the process that underlies the connection between workplace bullying and quitting intentions by revealing the hitherto overlooked roles of employees' beliefs about dysfunctional politics and their own creativity levels.
De Clercq, D., Fatima, T. and Jahanzeb, S. (2022), "Bullying and turnover intentions: how creative employees overcome perceptions of dysfunctional organizational politics", Personnel Review, Vol. 51 No. 9, pp. 2239-2260. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2020-0326
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