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Job insecurity climate: On shared perceptions of job insecurity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: In-Mind Magazine, ISSN 1877-5306, no 16, 1-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With increased global competition in business and ever higher demands of flexibility, job insecurity is something that most employees will experience sooner or later. Anticipating job loss is an agonizing state of mind. In fact, experiencing insecurity related to the continuity of one’s job is regarded as more stressful than actually losing it. However, job insecurity perceptions do not arise out of nothing. They are of course embedded in a social context. Consider the ‘second great contraction’, the financial crisis that started in 2007 and the recession that followed it (e.g. Reihart & Rogoff, 2009): Watching the news and hearing about negative trends in employment rates, hearing about friends or family worrying about their future income, worrying about the future of your own job – it does something to you. Add to this picture that job insecurity can be shared within an organization, for instance amongst your coworkers. It thus becomes a shared perception, a climate of job insecurity. The aim of this article is to give a brief description of existing research on job insecurity, and to introduce the job insecurity climate construct to a broader audience.

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2012. no 16, 1-4 p.
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job insecurity, job insecurity climate, work stress
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85646OAI: diva2:584180

Funding: Stockholm Stress Center, Sweden

Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2015-07-22Bibliographically approved

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