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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436

Abstract

DACHAPALLI, Leigh-Anne Paul  and  PARUMASUR, Sanjana Brijball. Employee susceptibility to experiencing job insecurity. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.1, pp. 16-30. ISSN 2222-3436.

Employees attach value to their job features/total job and when they perceive threats to these and experience feelings of powerlessness, their level of job insecurity increases. Since job insecurity is a subjective phenomenon, the study aims to assess who is more susceptible to experiencing job insecurity by assessing biographical correlates. The research adopts a formal, hypothesis-testing approach where quantitative data were collected using a cross-sectional, survey method from a sample of 1620 employees. The results, generated using the ANOVA model, indicate that biographical influences do exist in terms of job insecurity. The implication is that change managers need to take cognisance of these influences and develop suitable strategies for each group to reduce the prevalence of job insecurity. Recommendations are made in this regard.

Keywords : importance of job features; existence of job features; perceived threats to job features; importance of total job; perceived threats to total job; powerfulness/powerlessness; biographical correlates.

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