A meta-analysis of mediating mechanisms between employee reports of human resource management and employee performance: different pathways for descriptive and evaluative reports?

Jeroen G. Meijerink*, Susanne E. Beijer, Anna C. Bos-Nehles

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Abstract

A substantial body of research has examined how employee reports of human resource management (HRM) practices relate to employee performance, yet it only acknowledges to a limited extent that different types of employee reports of HRM exist. This study differentiates descriptive reports of HRM practices which reflect employee experiences of the implementation of HRM activities and evaluative reports of HRM practices that gauge employees’ judgement of their effectiveness, quality and/or utility. By applying a meta-analytical approach, we find that descriptive reports of HRM practices are more positively related to personal and job resources (e.g. skills, empowerment, and supportive relationships) and that evaluative reports of HRM practices are more positively related to job attitudes (i.e. job satisfaction and commitment). We further find that personal/job resources and job attitudes partially mediate the positive relationship between employee-reported HRM practices and employee performance. We recommend that future studies distinguish between different types of employee reports of HRM, more clearly conceptualize the notion of employee-reported HRM practices, and examine the differential relationship between descriptive versus evaluative employee reports of HRM practices and employee outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-442
Number of pages49
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Funding

The authors thank Dr Peter ten Klooster for his assistance with the post-hoc moderation analysis. Furthermore, the authors thank Dr Kaifeng Jiang, the two anonymous reviewers, the members of the Department of People Management and Organization at ESADE Business School, and the participants of the “Sustainable HRM: The Measurement Issue” symposium (10th Biennial International Conference of the Dutch HRM Network, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, November 9-10, 2017) for their valuable feedback.

FundersFunder number
ESADE Business School
HRM Network
Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum

    Keywords

    • employee performance
    • Employee reports of human resource management practices
    • high-performance work practices
    • job attitudes
    • job resources
    • meta-analysis
    • personal resources

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