Perceived Supervisor Emotional Regulation and its Impact on Climate and Employee Wellbeing: Insight into Collegiate Athletic Departments

Kelsie Saxe – University of Tennessee
Elizabeth Taylor – Temple University
Robin Hardin – University of Tennessee

Stress is a well-recognized aspect of the employee experience, and its consequences range from diminished individual wellbeing to decreased organizational productivity. This necessitates organizations to gauge the stressors of their employees to mitigate the negative consequences. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between perceived supervisor emotional regulation, organizational climate, and employee wellbeing conceptualized through a shortened stress evaluation tool (ASSET) framework. Results indicated a significant direct, negative relationship between perceived supervisor emotional regulation and a fearful organizational climate. There was a significant direct, negative relationship between a fearful organizational climate and employee wellbeing. These findings suggest that fearful organizational climates have a significant negative impact on an employee’s wellbeing and potentially employee productivity and retention within collegiate athletic departments. These findings suggest that healthy organizational climates (i.e., psychologically safe climates) can serve as a protective factor for employee wellbeing.