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There’s more to the picture than meets the eye: A comparison of downsizing survivors with changed and unchanged job content.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, ISSN 0258-5200, Vol. 31, no 4, 87-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organizational downsizing, in the form of permanent layoffs and offers of early retirement, has become a frequently used strategy. Previous research has identified work attitudes and well-being of survivors as critical for obtaining the anticipated beneficial outcomes, but knowledge is limited regarding the effects of downsizing on different types of survivors. Drawing upon theories on organizational attachment and well-being, the aim of this study was to examine the effects of downsizing on employee attitudes and well-being by comparing survivors who had their work situation changed as a function of the downsizing process with survivors whose situation remained unaffected. Longitudinal questionnaire data were obtained during the course of downsizing. The results show that survivors with a changed work situation reported higher levels of role stress, less favorable job attitudes and more health complaints as compared to survivors who did not have their work situation changed. These findings are important in order to better understand and counteract negative reactions following organizational downsizing.

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2005. Vol. 31, no 4, 87-93 p.
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downsizing, survivors, stress
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13465DiVA: diva2:179985
Available from: 2008-04-09 Created: 2008-04-09 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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