I Cannot Afford to Have a Life: Employee Adaptation to Feelings of Job Insecurity

Wendy R. Boswell, Julie B. Olson-Buchanan, T. Brad Harris

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This study examines the links between employee perceptions of job insecurity, the work-nonwork interface, and stress-related outcomes. Drawing on an adaptation perspective, we expect employees feeling greater job insecurity to engage in adaptive work behaviors including less use of work-nonwork support programs and greater willingness to let work permeate into one's personal life, which in turn will associate with greater work-nonwork conflict and emotional exhaustion. Data were collected from employees within a large energy company at 2 points in time. Results support the model, offering important insights into employee behavioral responses to job insecurity and key mechanisms through which insecurity may foster diminished employee well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-915
Number of pages29
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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