Managerial Challenges of Emotional Labor Disruption: The COVID-19 Crisis in Mexico
Samantha Varela Castro junto con Elizabeth Pérez-Chiqués, Oliver Meza y Sergio A. Campos González, Profesores Investigadores de la División de Administración Pública del CIDE, escribieron el artículo Managerial Challenges of Emotional Labor Disruption: The COVID-19 Crisis in Mexico en la revista Review of Public Personnel Administration.
The purpose of this article is to contribute to the knowledge of managing emotional labor during a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disrupting event, particularly affecting frontline healthcare workers and their supervisors who faced pressures to manage emotions during their interactions with patients. Emotional labor has been studied in emergencies; however, the case of Mexico offers insights into an understudied context and a long and singular crisis. Drawing from multi-level storytelling interviews with medical managers, physicians, and nurses in hospitals in different states of Mexico, this article argues that COVID-19 blurred relationships between performance and outcomes of emotional labor. As the organizational goal focused mainly on saving lives, some workers intensified and performed emotional labor innovatively, but others deviated from feeling rules. Managers’ role became crucial for employees to abide by affective requirements facing disruption.
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