Title: Technology-induced job anxiety during non-work time: examining conditional effect of techno-invasion on job anxiety

Authors: Jinnan Wu; Nannan Wang; Wenjuan Mei; Lin Liu

Addresses: Research Centre for Decision and Behavior Science, School of Business, Anhui University of Technology, Maxiang Road, Ma'anshan 243032, China ' Research Centre for Decision and Behavior Science, School of Business, Anhui University of Technology, Maxiang Road, Ma'anshan 243032, China ' Research Centre for Decision and Behavior Science, School of Business, Anhui University of Technology, Maxiang Road, Ma'anshan 243032, China ' School of Management Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maxiang Road, Ma'anshan 243032, China

Abstract: Although work-related use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) during non-work time leads to techno-invasion, little is known whether employee techno-invasion causes job anxiety. Also, it remains unclear 'when' techno-invasion is particularly or less correlated to job anxiety. Based on the stress, appraisal and coping theory and the theory of conservation of resources, we examined whether techno-invasion increases employee job anxiety, and investigated whether computer self-efficacy and perceived organisational support can buffer this effect. The results show that techno-invasion positively predicts job anxiety, while both employee computer self-efficacy and perceived organisational support can significantly weaken this association. More importantly, we find a larger moderating effect of computer self-efficacy when employee perceived a low level of perceived organisational support.

Keywords: techno-invasion; job anxiety; computer self-efficacy; CSE; perceived organisational support; POS; transactional stress theory; conservation of resources; CORs; technostress; work-life balance; moderating effect; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2020.105520

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2020 Vol.22 No.2, pp.162 - 182

Received: 27 Dec 2017
Accepted: 23 Jul 2018

Published online: 03 Mar 2020 *

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