To Deny, To Justify, Or To Apologize: Do Social Accounts Influence Stress Levels in the Aftermath of Psychological Contract Breach?

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Description: Workplace stress carries considerable costs for the employees’ wellbeing and for the organization’s performance. Recent studies demonstrate that perceptions of psychological contract breach are a source of stress for employees. That is, when employees notice that their employer does not fulfil certain obligations, they will perceive that certain resources are threatened or lost, which in turn translates into increased stress. In this experimental study, we zoom in on how stress unfolds in the aftermath of breach perceptions, dependent on the organization’s reaction to the breach. More specifically, we examined the influence of different types of social accounts (i.e., denial, apology, blaming and exonerating justification) on individuals’ stress resolution process using physiological (i.e., heart rate) and psychological (self-report) data.

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Achnak, S., Schippers, A., & Vantilborgh, T. (2021). To deny, to justify, or to apologize: Do social accounts influence stress levels in the aftermath of psychological contract breach?. BMC psychology, 9(1), 1-18.

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