Relationship of job insecurity and coping strategies : moderating effect of trust

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Relationship of job insecurity and coping strategies : moderating effect of trust


Author: Luk, Siu-wah
Title: Relationship of job insecurity and coping strategies : moderating effect of trust
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Job security -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: ii, 104, [5] leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: From 1997 onwards, Hong Kong has faced economic downturn and Hong Kong employees have under the threat of job insecurity. This study was to investigate the relationship of job insecurity and coping strategies in Hong Kong. Attempts to restore security were subdivided into individual active responses and collective active responses. The coping strategies in this study included problem focused (action coping, seek retraining, proactive job search, collective action) and emotion focused (seek social support, seek financial support, community activism). To be well explained further the relationship, affect-based and cognition-based trust would be interacted and tested as moderator. The theoretical framework of the model and hypotheses had been set up. The study was quantitative in nature. Around 148 samples were invited from all levels of employees to participate in filling the questionnaire. The response rate was 37%. Pearson correlation and regression analyses were used to test the hypotheses. The results showed that job insecurity did predict significantly on the problem focused and emotion focused coping strategies. At the same time affect-based and cognition-based trust did moderate some of the relationships. The study provided significant insights for all the management in Hong Kong. Several suggestions had been made to help the employees to face the uncertain job situation which included training and development focused, performance oriented and trust building.

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