Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Worker Well-Being: An International Study by David E. GuestEmployment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Worker Well-Being: An International Study by David E. Guest

Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Worker Well-Being: An International Study

EditorDavid E. Guest, Kerstin Isaksson, Hans De Witte

Hardcover | August 29, 2010

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Temporary employment has become a focus of policy debate, theory, and research. The book addresses as its core concern the relationship between temporary employment contracts and worker well-being. It does so within the analytic framework of the psychological contract, and advances theory andknowledge about the psychological contract by exploring it from a variety of perspectives. It also sets the psychological contract within the context of a range of other potential influences on work-related well-being including workload, job insecurity, employability, and organizational support. Akey aim of the book is to identify the relative importance of these various potential influences on well-being.The book covers seven countries; Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK, as well as Israel as a comparator outside Europe. Data were collected from over 5,000 workers in over 200 organizations; and from both permanent and temporary workers as well as from employers.The book's conclusions are interesting and controversial. The central finding is that contrary to expectations, temporary workers report higher well-being than permanent workers. As expected, a range of factors help to explain variations in work-related well-being and the research highlights theimportant role of the psychological contract. However, even after taking into account alternative explanations, the significant influence of type of employment contract remains, with temporary workers reporting higher well-being. In addition to this core finding, by exploring several aspects of thepsychological contract, and taking into account both employer and employee perspectives, the book sheds new light on the nature and role of the psychological contract. It also raises some challenging policy questions and while acknowledging the potentially precarious nature of temporary jobs,highlights the need to consider the increasingly demanding nature of permanent jobs and their effects on the well-being of employees.
David Guest is Director of the Workforce Programme of the NIHR Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre at King's College, London and Director of the King's College Centre for Research in Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organizational Behaviour. His research has addressed a range of issues including: the ...
Title:Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Worker Well-Being: An International StudyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:August 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199542694

ISBN - 13:9780199542697


Table of Contents

1. David Guest, Kerstin Isaksson, and Hans De Witte: Introduction2. Thomas Rigotti, Michael Clinton, David Guest, and Gisela Mohr: Investigating the Experience of Temporary Workers3. Jose Maria Peiro, Claudia Bernhard-Oettel, Amparo Caballer, Kerstin Isaksson, Francisco Gracia, and Jose Ramos: Flexible Employment Contracts and Temporary Contracts: The Employer's Perspective4. Nele Cuyper, Hans De Witte, Moshe Krausz, Gisela Mohr, and Thomas Rigotti: Individual and Organizational Outcomes of Employment Contracts5. Rene Schalk, Jeroen de Jong, Thomas Rigotti, Gisela Mohr, Jose Maria Peiro, and Amparo Cabeller: The Psychological Contracts of Temporary and Permanent Workers6. David Guest and Michael Clinton: Causes and Consequences of the Psychological Contract7. Kerstin Isaksson, Francisco Gracia, Jose Ramos, and Jose Maria Peiro: Mutuality and Reciprocity: Causes and Consequences8. David Guest and Michael Clinton: Establishing the Main Determinants of Worker Well-Being9. Rita Claes, Rene Schalk, and Jeroen de Jong: Similarities and Differences in Psychological Contracts Across Countries10. Kerstin Isaksson, David Guest, and Hans De Witte: Conclusions