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Aversive Workplace Condition and Perceived Abusive Supervision and Person-related Bullying: The Multiple Mediating Role of Psychological Strain and Mental Fatigue

[Speaker] Li, Bingtan:1
[Co-author] Tai, Yuting:1, Wang, Lei:1
1:Peking University (China (People's Republic of China))

Long-term exposure to stressors could lead to strain, like anxiety, cognitive failure. Characterizing aversive workplace conditions (AWC) as a form of stressor, we examined the mechanism of the impact that environment stressors have on perceived abusive supervision and person-related bullying. In a two-wave study with a sample of 111 Chinese workers, we firstly found that AWC predicted psychological strain, which in turn brought about mental fatigue. Moreover, mental fatigue served as a mediator between psychological strain and abusive supervision as well as bullying. The more exposure to AWC (such as fire and electricity), the higher psychological strain individuals had, which led to an increased degree of mental fatigue, and finally led to more perception of abusive supervision and person-related bullying. The results demonstrated a multiple-step multiple mediator model. Implications for future research concerning to the effect of aversive workplace condition on interpersonal cognition are discussed.
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