How do weekly obtained task i-deals improve work performance? The role of relational context and structural job resources


Previous research on idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) has treated them as concrete events, arguing that these i-deals shape employment relationships and impact on work performance over long periods of time. However, some types of i-deals may be negotiated and shaped over short periods of time. The aim of this research is to understand the social context within which these types of i-deals unfold and influence employee work performance. Focusing on task i-deals and adopting a weekly diary design approach, we explore the role of relationship quality with co-workers and managers that matter for the obtainment of task i-deals and how obtained task i-deals translate into work performance, over weeks. To explore our research questions, we collected weekly diary data (over 7 weeks; n = 67 employees; 67 co-workers and 23 managers) from employees, their co-workers and managers. The results from multi-level analyses demonstrate that weekly reports of co-worker support matter more to obtain task i-deals than employee’s relationship quality with their manager. Furthermore, results underline that weekly structural job resources explain how and why obtained task i-deals lead to enhanced work performance over weeks. HR managers and practitioners can design task i-deals as short-term intervention tools to drive work performance.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology on 15 Oct 2020, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Within-person study,co-worker support,i-deals,job resources,work performance,Applied Psychology,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1464-0643
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 12:39
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021
Published Online Date: 2020-10-15
Accepted Date: 2020-10-05
Authors: Rofcanin, Yasin
Las Heras, Mireia
Bosch, Maria José
Stollberger, Jakob (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9642-7321)
Mayer, Michael



Version: Accepted Version

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