This text is about the impact of job insecurity - the concern employees have about the future existence of their job - on individuals, organizations and industrial relations. The authors explore the personal experiences of job insecurity for individual employees and the variety of ways in which people cope with their feelings of uncertainty and ambiguity. They go on to examine collective behaviour, through the impact of job insecurity on union activities and union-management relations. A further level of analysis explores the relationship between organizational effectiveness and job insecurity, and the authors outline a number of strategies that organizations can adopt to address its potentially destructive impact. The book argues that tackling the issue of employment security requires positive actions to be taken by government, employers and unions.
`The main focus is upon employees rather than organizations and the intended readership includes academic researchers, human resource specialists, managers, trade union officials and consultants... it will earn a valued place in the literature for being the first book in the contemporary period to pull the threads of job insecurity together, to emphasize its importance as an occupational psychological topic and to stimulate valuable further research in this important area' - The Occupational Psychologist
`The implications brought out by this work are wide ranging and thought provoking. This book is a notable presentation of job insecurity as a social-psychological phenomenon where the individual's perceptions and attributions of causes, and his personal reactions are explored in detail. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions of this book is the collaborative study of researchers from different countries. As a result, the far-reaching and global interpretations proposed for the data are applicable in a multinational perspective. The differences have not been reconciled and integrated into a unified common mould, but broad-based models have been propsed to suit these perspectives. All in all this is a significant book which can stimulate a lot of introspection and study.' - Management and Labour Studies
`This volume is valuable in two ways. First, it argues vigorously and cogently for the need to know more about the social psychological aspects of work behaviour.... The volume persuasively argues the heuristic value of a concern for the social psychological links in much current analysis of employees' behaviour. Having demonstrated the legitimacy and importance of the questions raised by the book, the volume's second contribution is towards answering them.... This is a useful book, useful not only for its painstaking appproach to its subject matter, but for its insistence that much current theorizing about developments at work owes more to assertion, speculation, even fashion, than to soundly based knowledge. In a landscape littered with the abandoned shrines of yesterday's false gods it is now urgent that, as a discipline, we seek to replace the evangelist by the researcher. This is the contribution of this volume.' - Organization Studies