Social support and fires in the workplace: A preliminary investigation

McKimmie, Blake M., Jimmieson, Nerina L., Mathews, Rebecca and Moffat, Kieren (2009) Social support and fires in the workplace: A preliminary investigation. Work: a journal of prevention, assessment & rehabilitation, 32 1: 59-68. doi:10.3233/WOR-2009-0816

Author McKimmie, Blake M.
Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Mathews, Rebecca
Moffat, Kieren
Title Social support and fires in the workplace: A preliminary investigation
Journal name Work: a journal of prevention, assessment & rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
Publication date 2009-03-10
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-2009-0816
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 59
End page 68
Total pages 10
Editor Karen Jacobs
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Workers who experience fire in the workplace are faced with disruption to their work routine, as well as the emotional strain of the fire. In the broader occupational stress literature, researchers have suggested that social support will be most effective at reducing the negative effects of stressors on strain when the type of support matches the type of stressor being experienced (either instrumental or emotional). This study was a preliminary investigation into employee responses to less routine stressors, such as workplace fires, and the role of different sources of social support in predicting coping effectiveness. This study also was a first attempt at considering the influence of the social context (in terms of group identification) on the effectiveness of social support as a predictor of coping effectiveness. Specifically, it was predicted that social support would be more effective when it came from multiple sources within the organization, that it would be especially effective when provided from a group that workers identified more strongly with, and that simply feeling part of a group would improve adjustment. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 33 employees who had recently experienced a significant fire in their workplace. Results suggested that the type of stressors experienced and the type of support were mismatched, but despite this, coping effectiveness was generally moderate to high. There was mixed support for predictions about the effects of social support–no moderating effect of group identification on coping effectiveness was observed for measures of workplace support, although it did moderate the effects of family support on this adjustment indicator.
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