Employees’ Communicative Behaviors in Response to Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Role of Transparent Communication

Katie Haejung Kim, Yeunjae Lee

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Abstract

On the basis of the literature across various strategic communication disciplines, including organizational communication, business, and public relations, this study examined the role of employees’ emotional exhaustion in the workplace in influencing their communicative behaviors. Moreover, this study identified the effective communication strategy to such exhausted employees. Results of an online survey among full-time employees in the U.S. showed that employees who experience emotional exhaustion at work are less likely to have a favorable employee–organization relationship (EOR), resulting in less advocative behavior and more adversarial behavior toward the organization. As a moderator, transparent internal communication played a significant role in mitigating the negative effect of emotional exhaustion on EOR and advocative behavior. However, transparent communication did not have a significant moderating effect between EOR and employees’ adversarial behavior. Theoretical and practical implications for strategic internal communication are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Strategic Communication
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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