From social context and resilience to performance through job satisfaction: A multilevel study over time

Isabella Meneghel, Laura Borgogni, Mariella Miraglia, Marisa Salanova, Isabel Martínez

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Giving the crucial role of organizational context in shaping individual attitudes and behaviors at work, in this research we studied the effects of collective work-unit Perceptions of Social Context (PoSC) on individual work resilience and two key individual outcomes: job satisfaction and job performance as rated by the supervisor. We theorized that collective PoSC act as antecedents of individual variables, and that individual job satisfaction mediates the relationship between collective PoSC and job performance, and between work resilience and job performance over time. A sample of 305 white-collar employees, clustered in 67 work-units, participated in the study. Hierarchical linear modeling highlighted that collective PoSC are significant related to individual work resilience. Moreover, results showed that individual job satisfaction fully mediates the relationship between collective PoSC and individual job performance and the relationship between individual work resilience and individual job performance. At a practical level, results suggest that interventions on collective PoSC may increase work resilience, job satisfaction and job performance over time at the individual level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2047-2067
Number of pages21
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number11
Early online date26 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • hierarchical linear modeling
  • job satisfaction
  • perceptions of social context
  • performance
  • resilience

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