Employment Status and Commitment to Work in Professions


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Economic and Industrial Democracy;31 (1)


SAGE Publications

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The main question in the article is to what degree underemployed and overemployed professionals are committed to the profession and the organization which employs them. Ten professional groups are included in the study and more than one in four respondents are either underemployed or overemployed. The results show that overemployment affects commitment to the profession and the organization negatively. Unexpectedly, underemployed professionals do not report weaker commitment either to the profession or to the organization compared to colleagues who work an equal but preferred number of hours.



Postprint version. Original article available at URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831X09343990

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