Individual and Organizational Outcomes of Employment Contracts

Nele De Cuyper, Hans De Witte, Moshe Krausz, Gisela Mohr and Thomas Rigotti

in Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Employee Well-Being

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199542697
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191715389 | DOI:
Individual and Organizational Outcomes of Employment Contracts

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This chapter provides some core data comparing the attitudes and experiences of permanent and temporary workers on a range of outcomes. Contrary to initial assumptions, it reveals that temporary workers report more positive attitudes and outcomes than permanent workers on most variables. The chapter seeks explanations for this result. First, it explores whether different work experiences of temporary and permanent workers can explain the differences in attitudes and well‐being but finds no evidence of mediation. Secondly, it explores variations within the temporary workforce based on objective characteristics such as contract type, duration and time left before the contract ends. It finds that differences between types of temporary worker based on these characteristics are small and less than those between all types of temporary worker and permanent workers, confirming that they can sensibly be treated as a single group when compared with permanent workers. The chapter reports subjective characteristics of temporary workers including the reasons why people undertake temporary work and shows that it is mainly used as a stepping stone or arises from the difficulty of finding a permanent job. These are more frequently cited than deliberately choosing temporary work. However the subjective characteristics, including reasons for undertaking temporary work and perceived employment prospects, have little impact in explaining variations in the well‐being of temporary workers.

Keywords: attitudes of permanent and temporary workers; well‐being; reasons for undertaking temporary work; volition; prospects; stepping stone

Chapter.  7897 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management

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