This study investigates the relationship between workplace ostracism and work engagement of the employees in the local governments and whether neuroticism, one of the personality traits, has a role on this relationship. Convenience sampling was used and data were obtained from a sample of 369 employees from various municipalities. The results show that there is a negative relationship between workplace ostracism and work engagement. Moreover, neuroticism moderates the negative relationship between workplace ostracism and work engagement. Overall, the results show that work engagement decreases as workplace ostracism increases, and highly neurotic employees are more negatively affected by workplace ostracism. Local governments may utilize the results in their efforts to create an environment fostering work engagement. Leaders may apply the study outcomes about the role of employee personality and workplace ostracism to improve their service performance.
Workplace ostracism, Work engagement, Neuroticism, Local governments
CIGDEM KAYA, GOKSEL ATAMAN, BIRSEN YENER AYDIN (2017). Workplace Ostracism and Work Engagement: The Moderating Role of Neuroticism. International Journal of Business and Management, Vol. V(2), pp. 17-28. , DOI: 10.20472/BM.2017.5.2.002
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