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Managers’ Well-Being in the Digital Era: Is it Associated with Perceived Choice Overload and Pressure from Digitalization? An Exploratory Study

Institute of Medical Sociology, Health Services Research, and Rehabilitation Science (IMVR), Faculty of Human Sciences, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Eupener Strasse 129, 50933 Cologne, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1746; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101746
Received: 23 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
Due to the current digital transition, companies are under pressure to pursue digitalization and often initiate far-reaching transformation processes. As a result, managers must drive change within a company and are involved in important decision-making processes. In the present study, we focused on two cognitive job demands in managers related to change due to digital transformation: perceived choice overload and pressure from digitalization. We assumed that the extent of challenging cognitive demands at work is rising and negatively influencing managers’ psychological well-being. We conducted an online survey with a sample of 368 upper-level managers from a large ICT-company, where, at the time of the study, extensive transformation processes were taking place. Using multivariate regression analysis, potential prognostic effects on well-being were tested. Results showed that lower well-being was significantly associated with higher choice overload, but not with perceived pressure from digitalization. In our explorative study, we investigated two potential job demands in managers that, to our knowledge, have not yet been scientifically tested. Given the unsettled state of the field, it is important to try to further understand when choice overload and pressure from digitalization occur and when these may trigger negative health consequences. View Full-Text
Keywords: manager; leadership; digitalization; digital transformation; job demands; choice overload; pressure from digitalization; psychological well-being manager; leadership; digitalization; digital transformation; job demands; choice overload; pressure from digitalization; psychological well-being
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Zeike, S.; Choi, K.-E.; Lindert, L.; Pfaff, H. Managers’ Well-Being in the Digital Era: Is it Associated with Perceived Choice Overload and Pressure from Digitalization? An Exploratory Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1746.

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