Emotional regulation strategies, eustress, and personal initiative-taking: evidence from frontline journalists

Juliet E. Ikhide, Oluwatobi A. Ogunmokun

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Given the landscape of the service industry and the emotional challenge service employees’ face, this study takes a novel approach to investigate the mediating effect of eustress on emotional regulation strategies (deep- and surface-acting), and personal initiative-taking behaviour. This study expands and contributes to the literature by proposing and testing a research model that demonstrates how the detrimental cognitive and physical effects of emotional labour can be managed. Service employees, can through a positive appraisal and experience of work stressors, counter the negative impact emotional labour has on initiative-taking. Data were collected through an e-mail survey from a sample of service employees’ in the media sector. The results, supported by the JD-R theoretical framework show very interesting findings that can help service employees deal with psychological resource loss, and enhance personal initiative-taking behaviours. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed, alongside suggestions for future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-44
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion
Issue number1
Early online date31 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Positive stress
  • Service employees
  • Cognitive resources
  • Surface-acting
  • Deep-acting


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