Does Loneliness Lurk in Temp Work? Exploring the Associations between Temporary Employment, Loneliness at Work and Job Satisfaction

14 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Eline Moens

Ghent University

Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Elsy Verhofstadt

Ghent University

Luc Van Ootegem

Ghent University

Abstract

This research contributes to the limited literature concerning the determinants of loneliness at work, as well as to the literature on psychological outcomes associated with temporary work. More specifically, we are adding to the literature by exploring whether there is an association between working temporarily and loneliness at work and whether loneliness at work partly explains the association between working temporarily and job satisfaction. To this end, we analyse – by means of a mediation model – a unique sample of Flemish employees in the private sector. We find that employees with a temporary contract experience more loneliness at work as opposed to employees with a permanent contract. In addition, we discover that loneliness at work mediates the association between working temporarily and job satisfaction.

Keywords: loneliness at work, temporary work, job satisfaction

JEL Classification: J28, J41, I31

Suggested Citation

Moens, Eline and Baert, Stijn and Verhofstadt, Elsy and Van Ootegem, Luc, Does Loneliness Lurk in Temp Work? Exploring the Associations between Temporary Employment, Loneliness at Work and Job Satisfaction. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12865. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3521682

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Stijn Baert

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Elsy Verhofstadt

Ghent University

Luc Van Ootegem

Ghent University

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