Temps feed job insecurity among regular workers

May 25, 2010 By Mary Catt

(PhysOrg.com) -- The presence of temporary workers can cause ill effects in the permanent workers with whom they work, according to ILR School research.

Job jitters go up when temporary join the workplace, ILR research shows.

Reliance on -- an increasingly popular strategy for employers -- can make regular employees feel threatened, according to research by doctoral candidate Mallika Banerjee; Pamela S. Tolbert, professor and chair of the ILR School's Department of Organizational Behavior; and Thomas J. DiCiccio, ILR professor of social statistics.

The research is based on national data gathered from thousands of workers in small to medium-sized British firms on how limited-term employees affect a variety of work attitudes among regular employees.

The researchers found that temp workers in a workplace reduce regular workers' job satisfaction and organization loyalty -- attitudes that have been linked to increased absenteeism, turnover and other negative behaviors.

"Our analysis suggests that the presence of limited-contract employees has little effect on standard employees' perceptions of work overload, but strongly, negatively affects perceived job security," Tolbert said.

Explore further: Study shows readers absorb less information when reading on a Kindle

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Get some balance - make flexible work policies work

Jan 21, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Most organisations' flexible work policies sit idly in policy documents, employees too uncomfortable to implement them because they might be frowned upon by employers or co-workers for deviating from the ...

Sick or just sick of work?

Dec 03, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- With the winter weather making it hard to get out of bed in the morning, some employees may contemplate calling in sick to work, even if they feel just a bit under the weather. But a Purdue University ethics ...

Recommended for you

Feeling bad at work can be a good thing

Aug 21, 2014

(Phys.org) —Research by the University of Liverpool suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes.

User comments : 0