"Navigating Evolving Employment Realities: An Integrative Model of Psychological Contract in Contemporary Workplaces"

David Baiyeshea, Frances McGregor

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This paper enriches the psychological contract literature by proposing a multifaceted model that explores actions and reactions linked to perceived unmet expectations in the workplace. Unlike prior research focused on cause-and-effect dynamics of contract breaches, the model delves into the intricate facets of the psychological contract, recognising its nuanced nature. In an era of uncertain job security, understanding the multifaceted dynamics between employees and employers through the psychological contract becomes imperative, encompassing elements like commitment, well-being, and intentions to stay within the organisation. The paper navigates historical and contemporary conceptualisations, establishing a foundation for understanding its intricate components. By identifying multifaceted aspects through which employees interpret their psychological contract and integrating past insights with a comprehensive perspective, the resulting model consolidates existing knowledge and provides novel insights into how employees perceive and respond to unmet expectations. The paper introduces research propositions for empirical testing, offering a roadmap for future investigations. Practical suggestions are proposed for effectively managing the multifaceted nature of employee psychological contract amidst evolving employment relationships. In summary, this paper contributes a nuanced perspective, shedding light on the intricate intricacies of psychological contract in organisational contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2024

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