Organizational Nostalgia Lowers Turnover Intentions by Increasing Work Meaning: The Moderating Role of Burnout

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2016

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Joost Leunissen

Independent

Constantine Sedikides

University of Southampton - Center for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Tim Wildschut

University of Southampton

Taya R. Cohen

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Date Written: September 22, 2016

Abstract

We report three 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.

Keywords: Nostalgia, Organizational Nostalgia, Work Meaning, Turnover Intentions, Burnout

Suggested Citation

Leunissen, Joost and Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Tim and Cohen, Taya R., Organizational Nostalgia Lowers Turnover Intentions by Increasing Work Meaning: The Moderating Role of Burnout (September 22, 2016). Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842276

Joost Leunissen (Contact Author)

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Constantine Sedikides

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Tim Wildschut

University of Southampton ( email )

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Taya R. Cohen

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business ( email )

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