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PSYCONES - Psychological contracts across Employment situations, PSYCONES, Final Report, EUR 23155

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00121


The general aim of the PSYCONES project was to clarify the association between employment contracts and employee well-being and also company performance. The psychological contract was assumed to have a critical intervening role affecting these relationships. Eight partners have cooperated in conducting of the project: Sweden (coordinator), Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium (Ghent and Leuven), UK, Spain and Israel.
A common assumption among researchers and policy makers has been that employees on temporary contracts are treated less well than permanent workers and are less satisfied. However the available empirical evidence reveals mixed results and no clear support is provided for these assumptions.
Data has been collected by questionnaires from individuals and their employers in companies across seven European countries. The sample consisted of 5288 employees (3307 permanent and 1981 temporary) employed in 202 different companies in three sectors (education, manufacturing and service). Country samples are not representative and conclusions about country differences have to be made with some caution. Multilevel analyses and other more simple analyses were used to test the effect of individual differences as well as company characteristics and policies and country differences.

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