Contributed Symposium

Job insecurity and employee task performance and OCB: The moderating role of organizational justice

[Speaker] Wang, Haijiang:1
[Co-author] Lu, Changqin:2
1:Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), 2:Peking University (China (People's Republic of China))

The findings of the relationships between job insecurity and task performance and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) to date have been inconsistent. Based on uncertainty management theory, we aim to investigate whether the relationships between job insecurity and employees' task performance and OCB is contingent upon employees' perception of organizational justice. The data was collected from 338 employees and their immediate supervisors from diverse companies in China. The results of moderated regression analyses showed that job insecurity was negatively associated with both task performance and OCB rated by supervisors when organizational justice was low; on the contrary, job insecurity was not related to task performance and OCB when organizational justice was high. These findings suggest that organizational justice could help employees to maintain both task performance and OCB under the threat of job insecurity. These findings may provide insight into the inconsistent findings regarding the job insecurity-performance relationship.
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