How deep was the cyberbullying episode? The mediating effect of social vulnerability between perceived cyberbullying severity and employees behavioral outcomes at workplace: the moderating role of self-regulation

Sara Qaisar

Abstract


The widespread access to modern technology devices have provided an alternative medium for bullies to target their victims. The present study tends to look upon this less attended subject of cyberbullying in the workplace. The joint impact of the mediating role of (a) social vulnerability between the perceived cyberbullying severity with employees behavioral outcomes, and moderating role of (b) self-regulation in influencing the relationship between social vulnerability and behavioral outcomes. Using a field sample of 387 employees working in different organizations. Results were consistent with the hypothesized model, in that social vulnerability mediated the relationship of perceived cyberbullying severity with employees silence and social withdrawal. However, self-regulation did not moderate the relationship between the links. The results further revealed that perceived cyberbullying severity has a negative indirect effect on employees social withdrawal. This research offers suggest a need for supervisory training as well as clear corporate policies regarding workplace cyber securities.


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