A 5-year Multilevel Investigation of the Relations Between Job Insecurity, Informational Justice and Work Attitudes
2013 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
The negative effects of job insecurity on work attitudes are well-known. The uncertainty management theory (UMT) suggests that organisational justice may help to deal with the stressor job insecurity. This study presents the results of a multi-level investigation on the moderating influence of informational justice on the negative effects of quantitative and qualitative job insecurity on work attitudes. Full data of 183 Swedish accountants, five time points with one-year time lags, confirmed the predictions based on the UMT. The few studies that tested this proposition found generally confirming results. This study adds to the current knowledge with several accounts. One is that qualitative job insecurity, anticipation of losing valued job features, is included whereas previous research has only dealt with the general worry of job loss. Second the focus is on informational justice as a moderator which has been neglected so far although more likely to buffer the negative effects on work attitudes. Third, the data is analysed in a multi-level fashion such that the fluctuation of job insecurity and organisational justice over the time of five years and the common between-person differences are investigated simultaneously. Organisations that undergo changes that create job insecurity in their employees may offset the negative consequences by using informational justice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
organizational justice, multi-level, work attitudes
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99297DiVA: diva2:686589
13th European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, 9-12 July, 2013