Ostracism, Self-Construal and Workplace Happiness in Employees of Private Organizations

Sehar Zulfiqar (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The current study explored the relationship of ostracism, self-construal with workplace happiness in employees of private organizations. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant relationship between ostracism and workplace happiness. It was also hypothesized that  types of self-construal would moderate relationship between ostracism and workplace happiness. Cross-sectional-Correlational research design was used. The sample consisted of 120 employees selected from different private organizations of Lahore and Sheikhupura using purposive sampling technique. Workplace Ostracism Scale (WOS; Ferris et al., 2008), Self-construal Scale (SCS; Singelis, 1994) and Workplace Happiness Scale (Saleem & Anjum, 2015) were used for assessment. The data was analyzed using Pearson product moment correlation and multiple regressions. The results indicated that independent self-construal had negative relationship with ostracism and interdependent self- construal had positive relationship with ostracism. Moderating role of the self-construal was analyzed using hierarchical regression, for which items of ostracism and self-construal were centered. Independent self-construal moderated the relationship of ostracism and workplace happiness. It was also revealed that workplace happiness of people possessing independent self-construal was less affected by ostracism than people possessing interdependent self-construal.

Keywords:    Ostracism,    self-construal,    workplace happiness, employees of private organizations.

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