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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02473

The Effect of Emotional Labor of College Administrative Service Workers on Job Attitudes - Mediating Effect of Emotional Labor on Trust and Organizational Commitment –

 Sang-Lin Han1*,  Hyeon-Sook Shim2 and Won Jun Choi3
  • 1Hanyang University, South Korea
  • 2Baewha Women's University, South Korea
  • 3Hanyang Women's University, South Korea

Service providers working for a service organization are asked to express such positive emotions as joy, pleasure, and politeness required at the organizational level rather than their natural emotions they are experiencing at the moment. They cannot express their emotion they are actually going through and accordingly, their level of emotional labor and emotional dissonance influence on their job commitment and trust toward their organization.
This study thus set out to investigate the effects of leading variables of emotional labor on the level of emotional labor and the impact of emotional labor on organizational trust and organizational commitment with a subject group of college administrative staffs. Three underlying factors such as job stress, intimacy, and professionalism were identified as the determinants of emotional labor. Conceptual background about job stress, intimacy, emotional labor, and organizational effectiveness as the core variables of the study was investigated.
Based on the conceptual background and our research questions, 5 research hypotheses and the proposed research model regarding the effects of emotional labor on organizational commitment and trust were developed. We also tried to include the moderating effects of work environment and gender of service providers on the research model.
Unlike many different studies on emotional labor from the traditional perspective of service, this study also offers a practical implication by expanding and applying it to the field of college administrative service, which is an area where service providers are in the different working environment from the traditional company work environment. Finally, the managerial implications and the limitations of the study were also discussed.

Keywords: Trust, Organizational effectiveness, Professionalism, Emotional labor, Job stress, intimacy

Received: 14 Sep 2018; Accepted: 21 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Weon Sang Yoo, Korea University, South Korea

Reviewed by:

Jaewon Yoo, Soongsil University, South Korea
SEONG HO LEE, Hanbat National University, South Korea  

Copyright: © 2018 Han, Shim and Choi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Sang-Lin Han, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, slhan@hanyang.ac.kr