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Title: Compassionate in Nature? Exploring Hotel Staff Third-Party Interventions in Instances of (In)Justice
Authors: Zoghbi Manrique Lara, Pablo 
Altman, Yochanan
Guerra Báez, Rita María 
Colas, Hervé
UNESCO Clasification: 531104 Organización de recursos humanos
Keywords: Compassion
Organizational justice
Interpersonal justice
Empathic concern, et al
Issue Date: 2021
Journal: Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research 
Abstract: Prior research suggests that employees aware of their peers’ mistreatment by management and who themselves are target to such mistreatment help their peers more than employees who have been exposed only to peers’ mistreatment. However, no studies have tried to explain the way this process occurs. Suggesting that this help is performed compassionately, this study models personal and peers’ unjust treatment, empathic concern, and kindness following Kanov et al. compassion process: noticing, feeling, and responding. It hypothesizes that under interactions between personal and peers’ mistreatment staff are more empathically concerned about peers and, hence, amplify kindness out of compassion. Results supported empathic concern as a mediator and, hence, kindness as compassionate behavior. Unexpectedly, however, staff reduced (rather than increased) empathic concern and kindness. Tragedy-of-the-commons is invoked to explain these unexpected results. Simultaneous mistreatment could lead staff to perceive justice as a scarce common resource that is ultimately a source of dispute and uncooperativeness.
ISSN: 1096-3480
DOI: 10.1177/1096348020985297
Source: Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research [ISSN 1096-3480], v. XX (X), p. 1-23
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