The psychological contracts of university professional staff: expectations, obligations and benefits

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    Abstract

    The psychological contract shapes people’s perceptions and behaviours in the workplace through how people perceive and react to feedback from their environment. Little research has been carried out on the psychological contracts of university professional staff and this oversight is particularly problematic due to the impact that the psychological contract has on employee wellbeing and performance. An online survey instrument was utilised incorporating previously validated measures of psychological contract breach, satisfaction, and positive and negative affect. 226 responses to the survey were analysed through a hierarchical linear regression analysis. This research finds that the psychological contract and psychological contract breach can be conceptualised as either contemporary or traditional, incorporating elements from those career orientations. This article concludes that psychological contract expectations of contemporary career factors are one of the most important predictor variables of psychological contract breach alongside satisfaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages6
    JournalPerspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education
    Early online date30 May 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2022

    Keywords

    • Psychological contract
    • careers
    • psychological contract breach
    • university professional staff

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