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Career and work attitudes of blue-collar workers, and the impact of a natural disaster chance event on the relationships between intention to quit and actual quit behaviour

Career and work attitudes of blue-collar workers, and the impact of a natural disaster chance event on the relationships between intention to quit and actual quit behaviour
Career and work attitudes of blue-collar workers, and the impact of a natural disaster chance event on the relationships between intention to quit and actual quit behaviour
Despite being part of a highly visible and important occupational group, blue-collar workers have, to date, been under-represented in careers research. We explore the relevance and applicability of new career concepts to blue-collar employees, specifically, bus drivers. Based on a survey of 112 bus drivers, we test a model specifying the relationship between career attitude, perceived organizational support, psychological contract, and job satisfaction, as well as intention to quit. Employing a two-phase data collection process, we also test relationships between intentions and actual quit behaviour. Our results support the validity of career theories for blue-collar workers but with notable exceptions, such as lack of relationships between protean career and intention to quit. Contrary to intention-behaviour theory we find that actual quit behaviour was not related to intention to quit, which we attribute to a significant external chance event, a devastating earthquake, which took place during the study period. In addition, we identify relationships that appear to be unique to blue-collar workers.
protean career, bus drivers’ careers, chance event, psychological contract, perceived natural disaster
1359-432X
1-15
Baruch, Yehuda
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Wordsworth, Russell
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Mills, Collin
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Wright, Sarah
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Mills, Collin
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Baruch, Yehuda, Wordsworth, Russell, Mills, Collin and Wright, Sarah (2015) Career and work attitudes of blue-collar workers, and the impact of a natural disaster chance event on the relationships between intention to quit and actual quit behaviour. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 1-15. (doi:10.1080/1359432X.2015.1113168).

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Despite being part of a highly visible and important occupational group, blue-collar workers have, to date, been under-represented in careers research. We explore the relevance and applicability of new career concepts to blue-collar employees, specifically, bus drivers. Based on a survey of 112 bus drivers, we test a model specifying the relationship between career attitude, perceived organizational support, psychological contract, and job satisfaction, as well as intention to quit. Employing a two-phase data collection process, we also test relationships between intentions and actual quit behaviour. Our results support the validity of career theories for blue-collar workers but with notable exceptions, such as lack of relationships between protean career and intention to quit. Contrary to intention-behaviour theory we find that actual quit behaviour was not related to intention to quit, which we attribute to a significant external chance event, a devastating earthquake, which took place during the study period. In addition, we identify relationships that appear to be unique to blue-collar workers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 October 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 November 2015
Keywords: protean career, bus drivers’ careers, chance event, psychological contract, perceived natural disaster
Organisations: Southampton Business School

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Local EPrints ID: 385822
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385822
ISSN: 1359-432X
PURE UUID: a53520d0-d08c-45c3-8e35-d2043e1a3847
ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 25 Jan 2016 10:10
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:35

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Author: Yehuda Baruch ORCID iD
Author: Russell Wordsworth
Author: Collin Mills
Author: Sarah Wright

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