ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: Affect in theWorkplace.
Brief AP, Weiss HM
Annual Reviews in Psychology (2002)
Category: psychology ¤ Added: Jul 25, 2002 ¤ Rating: ◊
The study of affect in theworkplace began and peaked in the 1930s, with the decades that followed up to the 1990s not being particularly fertile. Whereas job satisfaction generally continues to be loosely but not carefully thought of and measured as an affective state, critical work in the 1990s has raised serious questions about the affective status of job satisfaction in terms of its causes as well as its definition and measurement. Recent research has focused on the production of moods and emotions at work, with an emphasis, at least conceptually, on stressful events, leaders,work groups, physical settings, and rewards/punishment. Other recent research has addressed the consequences of workers? feelings, in particular, a variety of performance outcomes (e.g., helping behaviors and creativity). Even though recent interest in affect in the workplace has been intense, many theoretical and methodological opportunities and challenges remain.