Broken promises: Consequences of continuous extension of involuntary temporary employment status

Dr Ezaz Ahmed, Brian D'Netto, Dr Erich Fein

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    Abstract

    Given increasing uncertainty in the global business environment, the use of temporary employment in organizations has increased significantly in the last decade in the Europe, North America and Asia. Adopting a 'psychological contract perspective', we examined the attitudinal and behavioural consequences when the promises of permanent employment to temporary employees are broken repeatedly. Past research has focused mainly on the organizational benefits of using temporary employees. In contrast, the results of our empirical study indicated that continuous extension of involuntary temporary status resulted in lower self-reported and co-worker-rated organizational citizenship behaviours, higher self-reported and co-worker ratings of job neglect, and increased turnover intentions. The implications of psychological contract breach in terms of managing a temporary workforce are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication27th ANZAM
    Subtitle of host publicationManaging on the edge
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherANZAM
    Pages1-28
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: ANZAM 2013 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 04 Dec 201306 Dec 2013
    https://web.archive.org/web/20131122183702/https://anzamconference.org/

    Conference

    Conference27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
    Abbreviated titleManaging on the Edge
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CityHobart
    Period04/12/1306/12/13
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