Abusive Supervision Perceptions among Filipino Migrant Workers in Macau: Its Consequences for Self-Esteem and Rejection of Heritage Culture

[Speaker] Daganzo, Mary Angeline A:1
[Co-author] Bernardo, Allan B. I:1
1:University of Macau (Macao)

Abusive supervision in the workplace has been shown to have important direct consequence in work and work relationship and indirect consequences to workers' well-being and relationships outside work. Consequences of abusive supervision have not been studied among migrant workers whose status in the host country of work is dependent on maintaining the work contract. We investigated abusive supervision perceptions in 247 Filipino migrant workers in Macau who hold temporary work contracts and work visas to engage in various low-skilled work (e.g., domestic work, security work, etc.). Mediation analysis indicated that abusive supervisory perceptions led to lower self-esteem (b=-.19), which in turn relates to tendency to reject their Filipino heritage culture as part of their acculturation in their country of work (b=-.45) [indirect effect=.08, 95%CI:.04,.15]. The rejection of heritage culture is interpreted as a coping response to abusive supervision experiences that may be partly attributed to being a migrant Filipino worker.
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