Job Insecurity, Definition(s) of

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"Job insecurity is a condition wherein employees lack the assurance that their jobs will remain stable from day to day, week to week, or year to year.  Depending on the discipline and political leanings of authors, job insecurity can be referenced in a variety of ways. For instance, “boundaryless careers,” “flexibility,” “new employer-employee contracts,” and “organizational restructuring” can sometimes be used as euphemisms for the dismantling of workplace protections for secure employment (Pollert, 1988; Sweet, Moen, & Meiksins, Forthcoming). But these terms can also be used to highlight positive aspects of job and organizational redesigns, some of which workers find liberating (Heckscher, 1988; Piore & Sabel, 1984)."

Glossary Source: 

Sweet, S. (2006). Job insecurity, a Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia Entry. Retrieved May 10, 2007, from the Sloan Work and Family Research Network website: http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/encyclopedia_entry.php?id=4136&area=academics.