When and How Does High Pressure Supervision become Abusive? (2015–2017)

Employees in both public and private sector organisations are today being urged to do more with less. Consequently work team supervisors are under pressure to demand more effort from subordinates. But when does this cross the line to become abusive supervision? In this project, we propose to develop and test a framework intended to explain, from an employee¿s perspective, how supervisors can motivate their subordinates to perform and at the same time avoid being seen as abusive. The project includes three studies whose results should have both theoretical and practical implications, and in particular should help supervisors to understand their subordinates' behaviours, leading to improved employee wellbeing and organisational productivity.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council