I Cannot Afford to Have a Life: Employee Adaptation to Feelings of Job Insecurity Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This study examines the links between employee perceptions of job insecurity, the work-nonwork interface, and stress-related outcomes. Drawing on an adaptation perspective, we expect employees feeling greater job insecurity to engage in adaptive work behaviors including less use of work-nonwork support programs and greater willingness to let work permeate into one's personal life, which in turn will associate with greater work-nonwork conflict and emotional exhaustion. Data were collected from employees within a large energy company at 2 points in time. Results support the model, offering important insights into employee behavioral responses to job insecurity and key mechanisms through which insecurity may foster diminished employee well-being.

altmetric score

  • 17.4

author list (cited authors)

  • Boswell, W. R., Olson‐Buchanan, J. B., & Harris, T. B.

citation count

  • 36

publication date

  • December 2013