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ERIC Number: EJ1152014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Emotions, Coping and Learning in Error Situations in the Workplace
Rausch, Andreas; Seifried, Jürgen; Harteis, Christian
Journal of Workplace Learning, v29 n5 p370-389 2017
Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the complex relationship between emotions, coping approaches and learning in error situations in the workplace. The study also examines the influence of individual error orientation, as well as psychological safety, and team learning behaviour as contextual factors. Design/methodology/approach: To measure emotions, coping and learning from errors "in situ," a semi-standardised error diary was administered. Individual and contextual factors were measured by standard questionnaires. Totally, 22 young employees participated in the study and recorded n = 99 error situations in a three-week diary period. Findings: Errors typically provoked negative emotions, particularly in cases of "public" errors. Negative emotions provoked emotion-focused coping. However, there was no direct effect of emotions on learning. Learning seems to depend primarily on the in-depth analysis of the error, no matter whether the original coping intention is aimed at problem-solving, self-protection or emotion regulation. A quick error correction does not necessarily result in learning. Furthermore, plausible influences of individual and contextual factors were found, but must be interpreted cautiously. Research limitations/implications: The small sample size, particularly in person-level analyses, is a major shortcoming of the study. Originality/value: To overcome shortcomings of common retrospective self-reports such as interviews or questionnaires, this study uses the diary method as an innovative approach to investigate processes in situ.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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