The job insecurity climate scale: Creating and testing a measure for job insecurity climates
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Background: Job insecurity, conceptualized as “the perception of a potential threat to the continuity of the current job” is a work stressor that is associated with negative consequences for well-being, health and work attitudes. So far, the individual has been the main unit of interest for research on job insecurity. However, job insecurity can also be seen as a social phenomenon, where the fous is on shared perceptions of job insecurity – a job insecurity climate. The social cognitive theory explains how behavioral, cognitive or other person-related and contextual factors interact in a reciprocal relationship. Related to job insecurity, then, this can help us understand how job insecurity climate can emerge.
Previously, a few studies have been published on job insecurity climate. But the measuring of job insecurity climate is still a relatively new area of interest to researchers. The multiple operationalizations of organizational climate found in organizational research along with methodological concerns, motivates a study on the concept of job insecurity climate and ways of measuring it.
Aim: The purpose of this study is to develop and test an instrument for measuring job insecurity climate.
Methods: As a first step, questionnaire items were developed to reflect job insecurity at a group level. Further, the study compared results from the newly developed job insecurity climate scale with aggregated individual-level data on job insecurity. The aim is to evaluate which type of scale of measurement is more appropriate for capturing job insecurity climate. The data will be collected in early 2011.
Results/relevance: The purpose of this study is to contribute to our understanding of job insecurity in general, as well as job insecurity climates in particular, and its consequences for employees.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
job insecurity climate scale, measure
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-71784DiVA: diva2:485724
15th Conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. Maastricht, May 25-28, 2011.