Locating Behavioral Cynicism at Work: Construct Issues and Performance Implications

Pamela Brandes, Diya Das

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In this article, we situate organizational cynicism at the nexus of the related constructs of burnout, stress, and antisocial behavior. We expand Dean, Brandes, and Dharwadkar's (1998) notion of behavioral cynicism to include cynical humor and cynical criticism. We also propose that cynical behavior has important, non-linear effects on employee work performance. Finally, we suggest that cynical behavior may act as a coping mechanism for employees and that such behavior moderates the stress-performance relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmployee Health, Coping and Methodologies
EditorsPamela Perrewe, Daniel Ganster
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameResearch in Occupational Stress and Well Being
ISSN (Print)1479-3555

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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