Psychological contract profiles among permanent and temporary agency workers
Scholar | Other documents of the author: Chambel, María José; Lorente Prieto, Laura; Carvalho, Vânia; Martínez Martínez, Isabel M.
MetadataShow full item record
TitlePsychological contract profiles among permanent and temporary agency workers
Purpose: – Based on the psychological contract (PC) theory, the purpose of this paper is to identify PC profiles, differentiating between permanent and temporary agency workers (TAW). Moreover, the authors analyzed ... [+]
Purpose: – Based on the psychological contract (PC) theory, the purpose of this paper is to identify PC profiles, differentiating between permanent and temporary agency workers (TAW). Moreover, the authors analyzed whether different profiles presented different levels of work engagement. Design/methodology/approach: – A cross-sectional survey data analysis of 2,867 workers, of whom 1,046 were TAW, was analyzed using latent profile analyses. Findings: – Four PC profiles were identified, which differed quantitatively in terms of the overall dimension levels (i.e. balanced, relational and transactional) for PC (i.e. content and fulfillment). ANCOVAs showed that the relational/balanced dominant and transactional dominant profiles presented similar engagement levels for TAW, but for permanent workers the former profile showed higher engagement than the latter. However, for both permanent and TAW the fulfillment profile showed higher engagement than the unfulfillment profile. Research limitations/implications: – The cross-sectional design and the reliance on self-report measures are the limitations of this study, although no causality was claimed and method biases were controlled. Practical implications: – Actions that increase PC fulfillment positively affect the employment relationship of TAW with the client organization. Originality/value: – Few studies have addressed PC typologies. Furthermore, most studies have focussed on temporary workers, but not on TAW and their contract with the client organization. Finally, this study emphasizes the crucial role played by the PC in the levels of work engagement. [-]
Bibliographic citationCHAMBEL, Maria J., et al. Psychological contract profiles among permanent and temporary agency workers. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 2016, vol. 31, no 1, p. 79-94.
© Emerald Group Publishing Limited
This item appears in the folowing collection(s)
- PSI_Articles