Leadership and People Management

How do weekly obtained task i-deals improve work performance?

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Previous research on idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) has treated them as concrete events, arguing that these i-deals shape employment relationships and impact on work performance over long periods of time. However, some types of i-deals may be negotiated and shaped over short periods of time. The aim of this research is to understand the social context within which these types of i-deals unfold and influence employee work performance. Focusing on task i-deals and adopting a weekly diary design approach, we explore the role of relationship quality with co-workers and managers that matter for the obtainment of task i-deals and how obtained task i-deals translate into work performance, over weeks. To explore our research questions, we collected weekly diary data (over 7 weeks; n = 67 employees; 67 co-workers and 23 managers) from employees, their co-workers and managers. The results from multi-level analyses demonstrate that weekly reports of co-worker support matter more to obtain task i-deals than employee’s relationship quality with their manager. Furthermore, results underline that weekly structural job resources explain how and why obtained task i-deals lead to enhanced work performance over weeks. HR managers and practitioners can design task i-deals as short-term intervention tools to drive work performance.
Bibliographic citation: ROFCANIN, Y., LAS HERAS, M., BOSCH, M. J., STOLLBERGER, J., MAYER, M. (2020). How do weekly obtained task i-deals improve work performance?. The role of relational context and structural job resources. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2020.1833858.

Reference: https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2020.1833858 (DOI)
Date: 01/10/2020
Author(s): Yasin Rofcanin; Mireia Las Heras; Mª José Bosch; Jakob Stollberger; Michael Mayer
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Department: Managing People in Organizations
Languages: English