International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Supervisor Incivility and Employee Task Performance: The Role of Prevention Focus
Chang-e Liu, Yueguang Ai, Chenhong Hu, Weiqi Pan, Cuizhi Yi

Extant studies mostly have focused on the negative effects of supervisor incivility on the sustainability outcomes of employee and organization, while left its potential positive effects largely unexplored. Drawing on the perspective of power distance, our study examined the positive effect of supervisor incivility on employee task performance and the moderating role of prevention focus in this relationship. With data collected from 300 rank and file employees in China, we found that supervisor incivility positively affected employee task performance, and the employees with high prevention focus can strengthen this relationship. We further discussed the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

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