Management Review ›› 2022, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (5): 176-187.

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Research on Chinese Employees' Fear of Missing Out Based on Grounded Theory: Connotation, Structure and Formation Mechanism

Shi Guanfeng1,2, Wen Mei1, Fang Zhibin3, Niu Yulin1, Tang Jie4   

  1. 1. School of Economics and Management, Shihezi University, Shihezi 832003;
    2. Corporate Governance and Management Innovation Research Center, Shihezi University, Shihezi 832003;
    3. Teaching and Research Center, Xiamen National Accounting Institute, Xiamen 361005;
    4. School of Economics, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117
  • Received:2020-07-09 Online:2022-05-28 Published:2022-06-17

Abstract: At present, the price paid for "missing" in the work situation makes employees more afraid of missing something. The anxiety caused by this fear of missing out (FoMO) has become a common and potentially influential phenomenon. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the performance and causes of FoMO in Chinese employee groups, this research uses constructive grounded theory,and such methods as interviews and content analysis to explore the connotation and structure of Chinese employees' FoMO. It is found that as a comprehensive anxiety caused by fear of missing out job information, workplace relationship, career development opportunities and job welfare, FoMO is characterized by the contradiction resulting from the rule-vs-sympathy game, the persistence generated by threat awareness, and the diversity of the "relationship" that triggers employees' FoMO. On this basis, this study also proposes a model of the formation path of Chinese employees' FoMO. The results extend the research of Chinese employees' FoMO to a new field and lay a foundation for the study of FoMO in Chinese work situations.

Key words: FoMO, Chinese employees' fear of missing out, grounded theory