Understanding the Burnout Experience Among Migrant Workers in China: The Mediating Roles of Hindrance Job Demands and Job Stress
School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
In general, role ambiguity and work-family conflict could trigger strain outcomes, such as hindrance job demands and job stress. By drawing on the person-environment (PE) fit theory, this study explored the links between role ambiguity, work-family conflict, and burnout by focusing on the mediating roles of hindrance job demands and job stress experienced by migrant workers in China. To this end, a cross-sectional survey participated by 182 migrant workers in Guangdong, China was carried out, following which the research framework was examined by using PLS-SEM (partial least squares structural equation modelling). Consequently, the results suggested that role ambiguity and work-family conflict were positively related to the elements of hindrance job demands and job stress in the chosen population. Contrarily, the mediating effects of both elements to predict burnout among these migrant workers were absent. Thus, this study offers further evidence for strategies that should be implemented by organisations to reduce hindrance job demands and job stress encountered by migrant workers in China.
Keywords: Role ambiguity, Work-family conflict, Job stress, Hindrance job demands, Burnout, Migrant workers