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Temporary Employment: Associations with Employees' Attitudes, Well-Being and Behaviour. A Review of Belgian Research

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Nele De Cuyper ,

Research Group Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Hans De Witte

Research Group Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Abstract

Results concerning the relationship between temporary employment and employees' attitudes, well-being and behaviour at work are inconsistent. We summarise Belgian research attempts to account for this inconsistency. These explanations concern (1) the heterogeneity of the temporary workforce; (2) the idea that contract type could moderate the stressor-strain relationship; (3) the possibility of hidden costs of temporary employment for permanent workers; and (4) transitions between temporary and permanent employment. Explanations in terms of heterogeneity added little in explaining temporary workers' responses. The other routes were promising. We discuss these studies in terms of possible implications for theory, methodology and practice.
How to Cite: De Cuyper, N. & De Witte, H., (2010). Temporary Employment: Associations with Employees' Attitudes, Well-Being and Behaviour. A Review of Belgian Research. Psychologica Belgica. 49(4), pp.249–273. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-49-4-249
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Published on 01 Dec 2010.
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