Safety Voicing: The impact of job insecurity and the differences in severity of safety concerns.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMasters of Science
The aim of this current research was two-fold; one aim was to develop a deeper understanding of job insecurity and its association with safety voicing. The perception of job insecurity was specifically examined in relation to job insecurity and its association with safety voice. The second aim was to examine safety voice with possible antecedents based on past research. This involved investigating the proposition that safety voice falls within a safety severity concern continuum. This continuum suggests that the severity of the safety concern may play a role in an employee’s willingness to voice these concerns. A questionnaire was devised to investigate perceptions of 47 employees from a single organisation. This organisation is undergoing a planned future job redundancy process (within a few years as of 2014). Correlational and univariate analyses were used to investigate any associations and differences in means between the different measures. Results from this research found partial support for the hypothesis that perceived organisational support, safety climate, and perceived co-worker support were positively associated with safety voice. The hypothesis that higher job insecurity would be associated with lower safety voice concerns was tested, and was not found not to be statistically significant to support the idea. This dissertation offers a preliminary indication that safety voice varies according to severity, and that job insecurity may affect employees’ likelihood to voice safety concerns. Practical implications and directions for further research are discussed.