Employee coping with organizational change in the face of a pandemic: The role of transparent internal communication

Jo Yun Li, Ruoyu Sun, Weiting Tao, Yeunjae Lee

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses and organizations to implement changes to manage operational and economic challenges. Understanding how employees manage such changes during the process is critical to the success of organizations. Integrating the literature from transparent internal communication, the transactional theory of stress and coping, and organizational change research, this study proposes a theoretical model to understand the role of internal communication and its effects on employees’ management of organizational change. An online survey was conducted with 490 full-time employees in the U.S. during the second and third weeks of April 2020. The findings of this study demonstrate that transparent internal communication can help encourage problem-focused control coping, reduce uncertainty, and foster employee-organization relationships during organizational change. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101984
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Change communication
  • Coping
  • Employee-Organization-Relationship
  • Internal communication
  • Uncertainty reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

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