Th-OR-S38-2 - What Buffers The Negative Impact Of Job Insecurity? Evidence From A Three-Wave Survey Study

Job insecurity
Oral Presentation
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Employee stress and burnout
Job insecurity
What buffers the negative impact of job insecurity? Evidence from a three-wave survey study
C. Seubert 1,*, A. Barrech 2, H. Gündel 2, J. Glaser 1
1Deparment of Psychology, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, 2Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Universitätsklinik Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Content: Purpose
With constant restructuring efforts becoming the rule in organizations, job insecurity rose in developed countries over the past decades. Although job insecurity has been linked to negative outcomes, the number of longitudinal studies is limited. In our study, we examine a number of moderators proposed in the literature to buffer the negative impact of job insecurity on health-related outcomes.
A three-wave survey study (N=95, three-month time lags) was conducted at a packaging site of a healthcare provider undergoing significant organizational change. Multiply imputed data were subjected to regression and moderation analyses.
Psychological irritation and anxiety were most strongly affected by job insecurity. Social support by supervisors, leader-member exchange, organizational trust, and latitudes at work were found to buffer the negative impact of job insecurity.
A participation bias could not be ruled out. Sample sizes were rather small and might imply an underestimation of effects. Since all data were gathered in one organization, generalizability of the results might be limited.
Research/Practical Implications
The study guides scholars and practitioners alike to promising approaches to mitigate the negative consequences of job insecurity. Supervisors play a vital role in this context by providing valuable resources such as social support, trust, and latitudes at work.
Our study contributes longitudinal evidence to the literature. As the study was conducted during a phase of organizational change, job insecurity was a salient issue for participants.


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