Navigating Uncharted Waters Newcomer Socialization Through the Lens of Stress Theory

Published on Jan 1, 2015in Journal of Management9.06
· DOI :10.1177/0149206314557525
Allison M. Ellis5
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(PSU: Portland State University),
Talya N. Bauer35
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(PSU: Portland State University)
+ 3 AuthorsLauren S. Simon11
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(PSU: Portland State University)
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Although the stress and socialization literatures have flourished over the past several decades, they have done so largely independently, and our understanding of the cost of stress to organizations in the form of newcomer turnover, lowered adjustment, and the health and well-being of newcomers is largely unknown. This review takes an explicitly newcomer-centric perspective toward the socialization process by examining newcomer experiences through the lens of popular models of work stress, including the job demands-resources model, the transactional theory of stress, and the challenge-hindrance stressor framework. In doing so, we identify individual and work-related factors that contribute to the experience of stress for newcomers and point to ways in which organizational and employee-driven inputs can assist in building and acquiring important resources needed to cope with the demands faced in a new work role. In addition, we offer a framework that incorporates individual experiences and behaviors as the...
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