Changes in Job Insecurity and Extraorganizational Outcomes: The Effects on Consumption and Major Life Decisions in Slovak Republic

Cinzia Castiglioni, Michaela Hevierova, Edoardo Lozza

Abstract


Over the last few decades several economic, political, and technological changes
surrounding work have left people insecure about their jobs. Traditionally, research
on insecure workers has focused on organizational consequences of job insecurity
and on employees’ psychophysical well-being. However, some recent studies found
that job insecurity is also associated with extraorganizational outcomes related to
saving and spending decision-making. The purpose of this paper is to replicate in
the Slovakian context the study of Lozza et al. (2017) to examine the effect of job
insecurity on such extra-organizational outcomes. Using a simulation experiment
research design, 361 Slovakian participants were asked to evaluate their job
insecurity and their inclination towards daily consumption and major life decisions.
Results support the findings from the original study. It is shown that changes of
both contract of employment and context can affect perceived job insecurity, with
context (e.g., economic downturns) having a stronger influence than contract of
employment. In addition, changes in job insecurity significantly affect withholding
daily consumption and major life decisions’, with perceived job insecurity having a
greater influence on the latter. The effects of context-related specificities, such as
employment protection legislation, are also discussed.


Keywords


job insecurity; temporary employment; consumer behaviour; global financial crisis.

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