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Meta-Analysis on Job Insecurity and its Outcomes: An Extension of Previous Knowledge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
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Abstract [en]

Purpose: Job insecurity has been recognized as a predominant work stressor in work environment research for the past thirty years. Thus far, two meta-analyses have been published on the consequences of job insecurity for individual and organizational outcomes. However, these meta-analyses were published in 2002 and 2008 and contain only a few broad outcomes. Since then, the amount of published job insecurity studies have increased substantially, investigating a wider range of outcomes. The aim of the present meta-analysis was to extend previous knowledge by investigating the effects of job insecurity on a broader spectrum of outcomes than the previous meta-analyses have done.

Design/Methodology: Literature searches with the search terms “job insecurity”, “job uncertainty”, “job security”, and “job security satisfaction” in relevant databases during the time period 1980─2016 resulted in 523 peer-reviewed papers published. The outcome variables were divided in to three thematic categories: work related attitudes and behaviors, mental and physical health, and life outside work.

Results: The results suggest that job insecurity has a substantial and negative impact on the wide range of outcomes included.

Limitations: The study cannot address the question of direction (causality) of the relationships presented and did not control for potential confounding variables.

Research/Practical implications: Job insecurity is demonstrated to have strong, negative effects on organizational performance and individual health and well-being as well as for life outside work.

Originality/Value: Adding to previous knowledge, this study both broadens and deepens the understanding of the negative consequences associated with job insecurity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Fr-SYM-862-2
Keyword [en]
job insecurity, meta-analysis, work stress
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145561DiVA: diva2:1130344
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European Association for Work & Organizational Psychology. May 17-20, 2017, Dublin, Ireland
Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-09

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