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Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Employee Well-BeingAn International Study$
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David E. Guest, Kerstin Isaksson, and Hans De Witte

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542697.001.0001

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The Psychological Contracts of Temporary and Permanent Workers

The Psychological Contracts of Temporary and Permanent Workers

(p.89) 5 The Psychological Contracts of Temporary and Permanent Workers
Employment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Employee Well-Being

René Schalk

Jeroen de Jong

Thomas Rigotti

Gisela Mohr

José Maria Peiró

Amparo Caballer

Oxford University Press

The psychological contract, as reported by both employers and employees, provides the main focus of this chapter. It starts by reviewing some of the main conceptual and operational issues in exploring the psychological contract. Analysis reveals that both employers and employees agree that permanent workers have a broader content of the psychological contract than temporary workers. Initial comparison also suggests that there is some imbalance of the psychological contracts of temporary works who promise more than they get in return while employers admit that they do not always fulfil their promises and obligations, particularly to temporary workers.

Keywords:   psychological contract theory, content of psychological contract, fulfilment of psychological contract

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