Fr-OR-S79-3 - The Role Of Supervisor-Related Commitment: Temporary Employees Versus Permanent Employees

Temporary Employment
Oral Presentation
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Employment relations
Temporary Employment
The role of supervisor-related commitment: Temporary employees versus permanent employees
A. Kidron*
Content: Purpose: This study tries to examine supervisor-related commitment as a mediating variable between psychological contract and empowerment, on one hand, and affective commitment, on the other. Supervisor commitment is considered a mediating variable since it emphasizes the importance of the supervisor’s role in the relationship between employees and the organization.
Design/Methodology: Data was collected by using a self-administered questionnaire from a sample of 367 permanent employees and 155 temporary employees in 11 organizations. The hypotheses were tested by using regression analysis and a structural equation modeling analysis in order to build a more holistic research model.
Results: Supervisor commitment was found the most significant predictor of affective commitment among permanent employees and the second significant predictor of affective commitment among temporary ones. Supervisor commitment partly mediated the relationships between empowerment, psychological contract, and affective commitment only among permanent employees.  
Limitations: The data used in this study were collected from a single source, thus it is possible that the findings may be partly affected by a common method bias. Furthermore, the research was cross-sectional, so any inferences of causality must be limited.
Research/Practical Implications: In research terms, a future longitudinal study would be needed to strengthen claims of causality. In practical terms, supervisors play a role in upholding and maintaining the psychological contract and cultivating employee empowerment, whether the employee is permanent or temporary.
Originality/Value: This study contributed to the understanding of the differences between supervisor-related commitment among temporary and permanent employees, as well as its relation to affective commitment.

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