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Perceived breach of contract for one's own layoff vs. someone else's layoff: Personal pink slips hurt more


Rust, K G; McKinley, W (2005). Perceived breach of contract for one's own layoff vs. someone else's layoff: Personal pink slips hurt more. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 11(3):72-83.

Abstract

In this study we examine how the perception of layoff as a violation of a psychological contract can vary depending upon one's perception of employer contractual obligation. We also investigate how perceptions of layoffs vary depending on whether one is focusing on his/her own layoff or the layoff of someone else. Survey results from 81 layoff victims reveal that respondents perceive their own layoff as a breach of contract more than they do the layoff of someone else. In addition, respondents who believe strongly in employee self reliance perceive their own layoff as less of a contract breach. Ideas for future research and implications for managers are discussed in our conclusions.

In this study we examine how the perception of layoff as a violation of a psychological contract can vary depending upon one's perception of employer contractual obligation. We also investigate how perceptions of layoffs vary depending on whether one is focusing on his/her own layoff or the layoff of someone else. Survey results from 81 layoff victims reveal that respondents perceive their own layoff as a breach of contract more than they do the layoff of someone else. In addition, respondents who believe strongly in employee self reliance perceive their own layoff as less of a contract breach. Ideas for future research and implications for managers are discussed in our conclusions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:2005
Deposited On:13 Aug 2014 09:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:00
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1548-0518
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/107179190501100306
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9873

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