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Organizational nostalgia lowers turnover intentions by increasing work meaning: the moderating role of burnout

Organizational nostalgia lowers turnover intentions by increasing work meaning: the moderating role of burnout
Organizational nostalgia lowers turnover intentions by increasing work meaning: the moderating role of burnout

We report 3 studies addressing the relevance of organizational nostalgia for the meaning that employees ascribe to their work (work meaning). We hypothesized, and found, that organizational nostalgia enhances work meaning and thereby reduces turnover intentions. In Study 1, an employee survey, spontaneously experienced organizational nostalgia was associated with higher work meaning. In Study 2, an organizational-nostalgia induction increased work meaning, which subsequently predicted lowered turnover intentions. In Study 3, an organizational-nostalgia induction increased work meaning and thereby lowered turnover intentions, especially among employees who reported relatively high levels of burnout. When burnout is high, organizational nostalgia functions as a rich source of meaning that benefits employees' work experience.

Burnout, Nostalgia, Organizational nostalgia, Turnover intentions, Work meaning
1076-8998
44-57
Leunissen, Joost M.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Cohen, Taya R.
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Leunissen, Joost M.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Leunissen, Joost M., Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim and Cohen, Taya R. (2018) Organizational nostalgia lowers turnover intentions by increasing work meaning: the moderating role of burnout Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23, (1), pp. 44-57. (doi:10.1037/ocp0000059).

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We report 3 studies addressing the relevance of organizational nostalgia for the meaning that employees ascribe to their work (work meaning). We hypothesized, and found, that organizational nostalgia enhances work meaning and thereby reduces turnover intentions. In Study 1, an employee survey, spontaneously experienced organizational nostalgia was associated with higher work meaning. In Study 2, an organizational-nostalgia induction increased work meaning, which subsequently predicted lowered turnover intentions. In Study 3, an organizational-nostalgia induction increased work meaning and thereby lowered turnover intentions, especially among employees who reported relatively high levels of burnout. When burnout is high, organizational nostalgia functions as a rich source of meaning that benefits employees' work experience.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 September 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 October 2016
Published date: 1 January 2018
Keywords: Burnout, Nostalgia, Organizational nostalgia, Turnover intentions, Work meaning

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Local EPrints ID: 417487
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417487
ISSN: 1076-8998
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Date deposited: 01 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 06 Feb 2018 17:30

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Author: Joost M. Leunissen
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Taya R. Cohen

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