The impact of job security & work place relationships on individual stress and organisational commitment
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Management
This paper examines the effect of job security and social support on stress and organisational commitment of professional managers, engineers, and scientists in Western Australia. We have proposed a theoretical framework by integrating the extant literature on organisational commitment, workplace stress and their causes and developed a questionnaire based on this conceptual framework. A total of 1460 questionnaires were distributed to the respondents through their professional association. This resulted in 576 questionnaires returned with a repose rate of39.4 per cent. The analysis of the survey data revealed that the respondents had experienced a quite high degree of stress and were at the stage of burn-out. They felt their job was not as secure as expected. Good job security and social support were found to reduce the level of stress and to increase the level of affective and normative commitment. It was also found that stress was not associated with organisational commitment and supported the findings by Leong, Furnham and Cooper (1996).