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A Weekly Diary Study on the Buffering Role of Social Support in the Relationship between Job Insecurity and Employee Performance

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  • Schreurs, Bert


    (Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Department of Organization and Strategy, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

  • van Emmerik, IJ. Hetty


    (Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Department of Organization and Strategy, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

  • Guenter, Hannes


    (Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Department of Organization and Strategy, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

  • Germeys, Filip


    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

In this article, the authors used a within-person design to examine the relationship between job insecurity and employee in-role and extra-role performance, and the buffering role of time-varying work-based support (i.e., supervisor and colleague support) in this relationship. Weekly diary data gathered over the course of three weeks from 56 employees confronted with organizational restructuring and analyzed with a hierarchical linear modeling approach showed that weekly fluctuations in job insecurity negatively predicted week-level in-role performance. As predicted, supervisor support moderated the intra-individual relationship between job insecurity and in-role performance, so that employees‘ in-role performance suffered less from feeling job insecurity during weeks in which they received more support from their supervisor. No relationship between job insecurity and extra-role performance was observed. This within-person study contributes to research on job insecurity that has primarily focused on inter-individual differences in job insecurity and their associations with job performance. Theoretical and practical implications for human resource management are discussed.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2011/27.

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Length: 43 page
Date of creation: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201127
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