Economic Downturn and Work Motivation

Steiber, NadiaORCID: (2013) Economic Downturn and Work Motivation. In: Gallie, Duncan, (ed.) Economic Crisis, Quality of Work, and Social Integration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 195-228. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664719.003.0008

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This chapter examines whether job insecurity and unemployment are corrosive of employment commitment. In policy circles, unemployment is thought to lead to an erosion of the work ethic. Among researchers, however, the implications of experiences of job loss for employment commitment are still a matter of considerable controversy. The analysis finds no support for the belief that unemployment undermines peoples’ employment commitment – not even for relatively long spells of unemployment. In fact, the unemployed tend to show higher commitment than those in paid work, especially in those countries that had experienced persistently high unemployment in the 2000s. Job insecurity among employees – that is particularly high in Southern and Central-Eastern Europe – is found to depress employment commitment. In conclusion, the study suggests that the crisis is likely to have negative implications for intrinsic work motivation in those regions of Europe where employees are strongly exposed to job insecurity.

Item Type: Book Contribution
Keywords: work motivation, commitment, social integration, insecurity, unemployment
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Education and Employment
Former Research Units (until 2020) > in_Equality and Education
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 13:34
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 11:48
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664719.003.0008
ISBN: 9780199664719

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