Journal article

Experiential differences between voluntary and involuntary job redundancy on depression, job-search activity, affective employee outcomes and re-employment quality

Lea Waters

JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

The current study used learned helplessness theory and legacy theory to examine experiential differences in voluntary vs. involuntary job redundancy in a baseline study (Study I) and a 3-month retest (Study 2). The sample for Study I comprised 102 job seekers who had voluntarily taken a job redundancy and 114 job seekers who had been made involuntarily redundant from their last job. Results at Study I showed that voluntarily redundant participants experienced lower levels of depression and engaged in more job-search activity than those who experienced involuntary redundancy. Employees who became re-employed 3 months later (voluntarily redundant N = 28, involuntarily redundant N = 26) were co..

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