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Fear of Job Loss

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Employment insecurity

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The fear of job loss refers to the felt threat, stress, and perceived powerlessness due to the possibility of leaving the current job and being not hired in the labor market. Fear as such generates anxiety and lowers the well-being of workers and even their dependents.

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How individuals react to the rapidly changing characteristics of job conditions depends on a number of factors, such as labor market prospects, employability, individual characters, and family responsibility. The fear of job loss majorly originates from the anticipation of involuntary job move or change concerning the continuity or security. People who constantly worry about losing their jobs reported poorer physical health and more symptoms of depression than those who actually were laid off. This suggests that fear of job loss may be worse than loss itself (Burgard, Brand, & House, 2009). Individuals may differ in their response when perceiving their jobs at risk.

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Chou, WC.G. (2014). Fear of Job Loss. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1022

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