Importance of incentives and sufficient information level for displaced worker well-being and attitudes during plant closure
2013 (English)In: Imagine the future world: how do we want to work tomorrow?: abstract proceedings of the 16th EAWOP Congress 2013 / [ed] G. Hertel, C. Binnewies, S. Krumm, H. Holling, & M. Kleinmann, 2013, 554-555 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Purpose: Downsizing and plant closures are becoming increasingly common when organizations reduce expenditure. Research has shown that large organizational changes are associated with stress and negative job satisfaction, but the consequences of plant closure on the displaced workers health and attitudes toward their employer is scarce. The study aims at investigating personal factors, such as optimism and employment history, as well as management strategies, such as information and incentives, and their influence on maintaining workers well-being and facilitating their development of new future personal and careerrelated goals. Another aim is to investigate how management strategies affect the workers attitudes toward their organization during the closure process.
Design/Methodology: To test these hypotheses, questionnaires from 131 employees working for a Swedish plant that is closing down were collected.
Results: Data was analysed by means of moderated hierarchical regression analysis with wellbeing, coping goal-construct, felt obligations, and withdrawals cognitions as the outcome variables. In a stepwise procedure, the impact of personal employment history, optimism, perceived employability and management strategies was analyzed. As assumed, associations between the outcome variables and management strategies (information, incentives) as well as personal factors (optimism) were found. Partly, employability acted as a moderator.
Limitations: Cross-sectional data was used and only one plant was examined.
Research/Practical Implications: Both information and action package could be positively influenced by management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 554-555 p.
incentives, well-being, attitudes, information, plant closure
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99533DiVA: diva2:687207
16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany