The effect of mobile technology usage on work engagement and emotional exhaustion in Japan

Published on Sep 1, 2016in Journal of Business Research
· DOI :10.1016/J.JBUSRES.2016.02.013
Yuka Fujimoto15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Sunway University),
Ahmed Shahriar Ferdous11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Deakin University)
+ 1 AuthorsLy Fie Sugianto11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Monash University)
Researchers have repeatedly found that the use of mobile technology (MT) in the West is a double-edged sword that produces both positive and negative psychological experiences for employees. MT blurs the boundaries between work and non-work contexts, limiting employees' personal space and time as a result, and possibly having a negative impact on their work engagement. Our findings in Japan, however, were different. Japanese workers' total MT usage (i.e., during office and non-office hours) had a positive impact on their work autonomy, which, in turn, led to greater work engagement. Emotional exhaustion was not related to MT usage. The findings from this study imply that MT can result in positive psychological experiences for employees and present some managerial implications for boundary conditions.
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