The Importance of the Psychological Contract


HR professionals are familiar with contracts. In almost every industry, companies ask potential new employees to sign at least one form or another. However, there is one contract that is not signed: the psychological contract. What is the psychological contract? The concept of the psychological contract was originally developed by Denise Rousseau. Every psychological contract is different because each employee is different.

HR, Training and the ‘Gig’ Economy


According to the NYT piece, tens of millions of Americans are now involved in some form of freelancing, contracting, temping or outsourcing work: The number for the category of jobs mostly performed by part-time freelancers or part-time independent contractors, according to Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., Surveys, including one by the advisory firm Staffing Industry Analysts of nearly 200 large companies, point to similar changes.

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Brooks: Want better managers? You need to develop better employees


HR leaders have a lot of angst about their managers, and whenever I speak to them in sales conversations, at industry events or even in a coaching dynamic, I can feel the frustration in their voices. Everyone in HR knows the mantra that “employees join organizations and leave managers.”

All You Need to Know about Employee Relations

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At the foundation of the employee – organization relationship lies a psychological contract. This contract consists of beliefs about reciprocal obligations between the two parties (Rousseau, 1989; Schein,1965). Employee relations can make or break the workplace climate.

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

Temp to Permanent: How to Groom Your Seasonal Workers Into Your A-Team


In a recent article by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) associate professor of organizational studies at Clarkson University School of Business, Sandra L. In addition, there are positive psychological implications of a happy seasonal employee. Earlier this week we talked about why it’s important to integrate your seasonal workers into your company culture. Now that we’ve established “why,” let’s talk about the “how.”

Are Freelancers Your Best Performers? Applying Organizational Network Analysis to the Gig Economy


While estimates of the number of workers who fully support themselves with work outside of employment vary , the amount of work being done outside of employment (including contracting, freelancing, and moonlighting by regular employees) is increasing. Research shows non-employees are sometimes even more engaged than employees when they have: Volition in their choice of contract work. A psychological contract with the organizations they work with, A sense of continuity.

The Social Contract Driving Organizational Sustainability


I believe the key driver of organizational sustainability is the strength of the social, or psychological, contract that develops between an employer and its employees. The power of this social contract is fundamental and far-reaching — with an ability to shape attitudes and direct key behaviors that can lead to success. Over time, this type of social contract has evolved significantly. What will allow the modern organization to thrive going forward?

How Can We Be Happier At Work?


What constitutes meaningful work is dependent on the individual, as evidenced by the importance of the Psychological Contract — so let’s move forward and integrate this into how we view our own work and how we craft management strategy. About the Author: Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, consultant and speaker.

2019 HR tech trends: which ones deserve the hype?


The tech industry loves hype and buzzwords. What did the concept of the psychological contract have to tell us about matching consumerised appetites with our experiences of being at work? In many industry verticals, the compliance agenda is not about to abate. HR technology expert Kate Wadia assess the trends HR professionals need to focus on in 2019 – and the ones you can afford to overlook for now.

How has the talent management landscape shifted since Covid-19?

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I think there’s going to be a lot of changes to the psychological contract, and what many employers might say is ‘we aren’t going to have an office anymore’ or ‘what I really want you to do is to come in to a team meeting once a week’.

“It is complicated!” With Tyler Gallagher & Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro

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She has co-edited two special issues of journals and two books on the employee-organization relationship: The Employment Relationship: Examining Psychological and Contextual Perspectives (2004) and The Employee-Organization Relationship: Applications for the 21st Century (2012).