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Balancing tensions: Buffering the impact of organisational restructuring and downsizing on employee well-being

Harney, Brian orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3252-563X, Fu, Na orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2507-0585 and Freeney, Yseult orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-0332-468X (2017) Balancing tensions: Buffering the impact of organisational restructuring and downsizing on employee well-being. Human Resource Management Journal, 28 (2). pp. 235-254. ISSN 0954-5395

This study examines the impact of employee experiences of restructuring and downsizing on well-being. The job demands-resources model was used to develop hypotheses related to job demands in the form of work intensity and job resources in the form of consultation. The job demands-resources model allows for direct incorporation of employee perceptions and does not assume a singular, predetermined consequence of HRM practices. Hypotheses were tested via structural equation modelling on a nationally representative sample of over 5,110 employees from the Republic of Ireland in 2009. The findings indicate that work intensity serves as a conduit through which experiences of restructuring and downsizing negatively impact employee well-being. Notably, consultation served as a buffer, diminishing the extent of this negative experience. The findings illuminate the complex pathways that shape how restructuring and downsizing are perceived by employees and the consequences for well-being. We discuss the theoretical and managerial implications of these findings.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Consultation; downsizing; employee voice; job demands-resources; well-being
Subjects:Business > Employee motivation
Business > Management
Business > Personnel management
Business > Employee attitudes
Business > Workplace stress
Business > Industrial relations
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12175
Copyright Information:© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ID Code:23065
Deposited On:08 Mar 2019 09:34 by Brian Harney . Last Modified 26 Sep 2022 14:58

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