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Am I the Only One This Supervisor is Laughing at? Effects of Aggressive Humor on Employee Strain and Addictive Behaviors

Huo, Y, Lam, W and Chen, Z (2012) Am I the Only One This Supervisor is Laughing at? Effects of Aggressive Humor on Employee Strain and Addictive Behaviors Personnel Psychology: the study of people at work, 65 (4). pp. 859-885.

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Abstract

Prior literature on humor primarily documents its positive effects on employees’ attitudes and behaviors, though increasing research on aggressive humor suggests some conflicting viewpoints. This article proposes a model based on social comparison and attribution theories to examine the influence of supervisors’ aggressive humor on employees’ strain and addictive behaviors. The tests of the research model entailed a two-wave study with 243 frontline employees from four manufacturing companies of a group corporation in China. The results showed that supervisors’ aggressive humor with employees related positively to employees’ strain. This positive association became stronger when the supervisors did not use aggressive humor with the peers of the focal employees. Employees’ strain mediated the interactive effects of supervisors’ aggressive humor with the focal employees and those with their peers on employees’ addictive behaviors (e.g., problematic use of Internet, alcohol, and tobacco). As well as having practical implications, this study offers theoretical insights for research into humor, leadership, and addictive behaviors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Management
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Huo, YUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lam, WUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chen, ZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : November 2012
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1111/peps.12004
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Addictive behaviors, Aggressive humor with employee, Aggressive humor with peers, Employee strain
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Dec 2016 15:04
Last Modified : 02 Dec 2016 15:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813025

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