Coping with Negative Workplace Gossip: The Roles of Self-Monitoring and Impression Management

Jun Xie, Qihai Huang, Hongli Wang, Minghao Shen

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Abstract

Although researchers have examined the effects of negative workplace gossip on target employees¡¯ work-related behavior, it remains unclear when and how personality traits play a role between negative workplace gossip and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). Drawing upon Cognitive-Affective Personality System theory, we posit a mediated moderation model of the effects of self- monitoring and impression management tactics on the relationship between negative workplace gossip and target employees¡¯ OCB. By collecting supervisor-subordinate dyadic time-lagged data (n = 275) from China, we demonstrated that the relationship between negative workplace gossip and OCB was weaker when employees were high self-monitors. In addition, we found that the use of impression management tactics mitigated the adverse impact of negative workplace gossip on OCB. Finally, we found that the moderating effects of self- monitoring were mediated by the use of impression management tactics. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10649
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Volume2018
Issue number1
Early online date9 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78
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http://aom.org/uploadedFiles/Meetings/annualmeeting/2018/2018%20Theme%20-%20Improving%20Lives%207%2021.pdf (Link to Conference Information)

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