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‘Objective’ vs. ‘Subjective’ job insecurity: Consequences of temporary work for job satisfaction and organizational commitment in four European countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2003 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 24, no 2, 149-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution analyses whether temporary work and (the subjective perception of) job insecurity are associated with a reduction in job satisfaction and organizational commitment, as proposed in the literature. An interaction between temporary work and job insecurity is also tested. Data from four European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden) are used to test the robustness of the hypotheses. The results show that temporary work is not associated with a reduction in job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Job insecurity is associated with a lower score on both outcome variables, as hypothesized. In two countries, an interaction was found: job insecurity was only associated with a reduction in job satisfaction and organizational commitment among workers with a permanent contract, suggesting that the psychological contract was violated for this category of workers.

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2003. Vol. 24, no 2, 149-188 p.
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European comparison, job insecurity, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, temporary work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23014DOI: 10.1177/0143831X03024002002OAI: diva2:189910
Available from: 2004-05-06 Created: 2004-05-06 Last updated: 2011-06-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Job insecurity from a stress perspective: Antecedents, consequences, and moderators
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Job insecurity from a stress perspective: Antecedents, consequences, and moderators
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The trend in working life to lower costs by reducing personnel or employing staff on short-term basis has brought uncertainty to many employment situations. Job insecurity is a phenomenon that has received growing attention in research as well as in working life. The present thesis considers job insecurity as a stressor. The focus is on the individual’s appraisal and interpretation of the situation along with the interaction that occurs between the individual and the situational characteristics in the shaping of this appraisal. The overall purpose of the thesis is to shed light on the concept of job insecurity from the perspective of transactional theories of stress.

The first objective of the thesis was to differentiate job insecurity from objective indicators of uncertainty in terms of outcomes. The second objective was to examine the extent to which different background variables could explain job insecurity experiences. The third objective was to establish, using meta-analytic techniques, to what extent job insecurity has negative outcomes for the individual and the organization. The final objective was to investigate the influence of personality characteristics in the relation between job insecurity and stress reactions. Using data from four European countries, the results of the first study indicate that the individual’s perception of job insecurity was more detrimental to well-being than objective uncertainty. The second study showed that most demographics were weak or inconsistent predictors of job insecurity, but also that temporary employment and blue-collar work were associated with higher levels of job insecurity. The meta-analysis also confirms that job insecurity is indeed associated with negative outcomes for individuals and organizations. The last study showed that the influence of job insecurity cannot be attributed to the disposition of the person experiencing job insecurity. Future research should focus on factors that help the individual in dealing with this stressor.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Psykologiska institutionen, 2004. 86 p.
job insecurity, appraisal, work-related attitudes, mental health complaints, somatic complaints, personality characteristics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134 (URN)91-7265-849-5 (ISBN)
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2004-05-27, David Magnussonsalen (U31), hus 8, Frescati hagväg 8, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2004-05-06 Created: 2004-05-06Bibliographically approved

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