Job Insecurity and Fairness Perceptions for Well-being and Organizational Attitudes: The Role of Security Promises in the Psychological Contract
2009 (English)In: Abstracts, 2009, 3-3 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
The aim of this study is to investigate how perceptions of job insecurity and fairness associate with individual well-being (job satisfaction, general health) and organizational attitudes (organizational commitment, turnover intention), under the condition that the psychological contract as perceived by the employee includes a promise on job security, or not. More specifically, we suggest that (H1) job insecurity is negatively related to individual well-being and organizational attitudes when job security is expected as part of the psychological contract, (H2) job insecurity is negatively related to fairness perceptions when job security is expected as part of the psychological contract, (H3) fairness associates positively with individual well-being and organizational attitudes, and (H4) the association between job insecurity, individual well-being and organizational outcomes is mediated by fairness under the condition that job security is expected as part of the psychological contract. Results based on a sample of Belgian employees (N = 559) support our hypotheses for organizational outcomes. For individual well-being, the mediation framework was not conditional upon a perceived promise of job security as part of the psychological contract. We conclude that employees’ perceptions of job insecurity and fairness are important factors for employees’ well-being and their attitudes towards the employer. More importantly, these perceptions can in part be shaped by organizational agents such as managers and supervisors. Additionally, the active utilization of the psychological contract in management strategies seems to have favourable results for the fostering of pro-organizational attitudes among employees.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 3-3 p.
job insecurity, fairness, psychological contract, well-being
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-34976DiVA: diva2:286043
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