When and why do negative organization-related career shocks impair career optimism? A conditional indirect effect model

Hofer, Annabelle; Spurk, Daniel; Hirschi, Andreas (2020). When and why do negative organization-related career shocks impair career optimism? A conditional indirect effect model. Career development international, 26(4), pp. 467-494. Emerald 10.1108/CDI-12-2018-0299

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Purpose

This study investigates when and why negative organization-related career shocks affect career optimism, which is a positive career-planning attitude. The indirect effect of negative organization-related career shocks on career optimism via job insecurity and the role of perceived organizational career support as a first-stage moderator were investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

Three-wave time-lagged data from a sample of 728 employees in Switzerland was used. Time-lagged correlations, an indirect effect model and a conditional indirect effect model with bootstrapping were used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

First, this study showed a significant negative correlation between negative organization-related career shocks (T1) and career optimism (T3), a positive correlation between negative organization-related career shocks (T1) and job insecurity (T2) and a negative correlation between job insecurity (T2) and career optimism (T3). Second, findings revealed that negative organization-related career shocks (T1) have a negative indirect effect on career optimism (T3) via job insecurity (T2). Third, perceived organizational career support (T1) buffers the indirect effect of negative organization-related career shocks (T1) on career optimism (T3).

Originality/value

This study provides an initial examination of the relationship between negative organization-related career shocks and career optimism by applying assumptions from the JD-R model and Conservation of Resources theory. Implications about how to deal with negative career shocks in HRM and career counseling are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hofer, Annabelle; Spurk, Daniel and Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1362-0436

Publisher:

Emerald

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annabelle Hofer

Date Deposited:

03 Jul 2020 12:25

Last Modified:

10 Oct 2021 02:52

Publisher DOI:

10.1108/CDI-12-2018-0299

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144548

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144548

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