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Workplace stress in a foreign environment: Chinese migrants in New Zealand

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posted on 04.08.2022, 03:42 authored by Christian YaoChristian Yao, K Thorn, Zheng Duan, N Taskin
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the relevance of personal and organisational factors contributing to workplace stress among Chinese migrants in New Zealand. Design/methodology/approach - The study is based on surveys of 88 participants using the theoretical model of person-environment fit. Findings - The results reveal that perceived fit of organisational factors has a significant impact on workplace stress outcomes including emotional well-being, work-related health, job performance and intention to quit. Further analysis also shows that personal factors, some as a result of acculturation, play a moderating effect on the perceived relationship between the organisation and workplace stress. Education, advanced language skills and building networks in the new community are all important factors to minimise stress. Originality/value - From an organisational perspective, the study highlights the importance of understanding the factors that cause workplace stress, especially with a culturally diverse working population. This cross-sectional study could be furthered through the use of alternative cultural samples, and through the development of a longitudinal design. In short, this study of the work stress of Chinese migrants in New Zealand contributes to the field of knowledge providing exploratory insights for work stress research in human resource management.

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Yao, C., Thorn, K., Duan, Z. & Taskin, N. (2015). Workplace stress in a foreign environment: Chinese migrants in New Zealand. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 34(7), 608-621. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-08-2014-0065

Journal title

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Volume

34

Issue

7

Publication date

01/01/2015

Pagination

608-621

Publisher

Emerald

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

ISSN

2040-7149

eISSN

1758-7093

Language

en