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Understanding the Relationship Between Job Insecurity and Performance: Hindrance or Challenge Effect?

Piccoli, Beatrice and Reisel, William D and De Witte, Hans (2019) 'Understanding the Relationship Between Job Insecurity and Performance: Hindrance or Challenge Effect?' Journal of Career Development. ISSN 0894-8453

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Abstract

This study aims to propose a theoretical model that explains the psychological processes underlying the job insecurity-performance relationship. To accomplish this goal, we draw on a two-dimensional stressor framework. Job insecurity may undermine performance through a hindrance effect, because it causes strain reactions and withdrawal behaviours. In contrast, it can trigger productive behaviours as a form of job preservation strategy, when reacting actively. These competing predictions are integrated in the same structural equation modeling by testing the negative indirect effect of job insecurity on task and contextual performance, mediated by job satisfaction and affective commitment. The positive challenge effect is examined by testing the remaining direct path to performance. To provide convergence of evidence, two studies were conducted with the purpose to replicate patters and findings across different measures and samples. The results provide support only for negative and passive reactions to job insecurity, leading to lower performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: job insecurity, task and contextual performance, hindrance and challenge effect, active and passive reactions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23791

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