Involuntary job loss is not expected to abate and research has not examined the process by which displaced workers choose to pursue a work role (find another job) or nonwork role like retirement or going back to school. Longitudinal data were obtained from 126 employees 1 month prior to being permanently displaced. Within-subjects analyses then were used to test the ability of a behavioral choice model of motivation to predict behavioral intention to look for another job, effort in looking, and actual behavior/role choice 18 months later. The behavioral choice model significantly predicted all criteria. This study also investigated the determinants of displaced workers' expectancies for obtaining a new job. Expectancy for obtaining a job was inversely related with age, and positively with education, self-esteem, and the expectation of losing one's job. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
- Life-span and Life-course Studies