Stuck in a job: Being “locked-in” or at risk of becoming locked-in at the workplace and well-being over time
2016 (English)In: Work & Stress, ISSN 0267-8373, E-ISSN 1464-5335, Vol. 30, no 2, 152-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this study, being “locked-in” at the workplace is conceptualized as being in a non-preferred workplace while at the same time perceiving low employability. The aim of the study was to investigate how being locked-in or at risk of becoming locked-in (being in a non-preferred workplace yet currently satisfied, combined with perceiving low employability) relates to well-being (subjective health and depressive symptoms). The hypotheses were tested in a Swedish longitudinal sample (T1 in 2010 and T2 in 2012) of permanent employees (N = 3491). The results showed that stability with regard to locked-in-related status (being non-locked-in, at risk of becoming locked-in, or locked-in at both T1 and T2) was related to significant and stable differences in well-being. The non-locked-in status was associated with better well-being than being at risk of becoming locked-in. Moreover, those at risk of becoming locked-in showed better well-being than those with stable locked-in status. Changes towards non-locked-in were accompanied by significant improvements in well-being, and changes towards locked-in were associated with impairments in well-being. The relationships that were found could not be attributed to differences in demographic variables and occupational preference. The findings indicate that being locked-in is detrimental to well-being. This has implications for preventative interventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 30, no 2, 152-172 p.
locked-in, involuntary non-mobility, employability, non-preferred workplace, well-being, career change
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130570DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2016.1163804ISI: 000375478000003Local ID: P-3342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130570DiVA: diva2:931152