Newcomer psychological contracts and employee socialization activities: Does perceived balance in obligations matter? Academic Article uri icon


  • We sought to determine the extent to which one's beliefs about the relationship between an employee and an organization at the start of employment influence subsequent socialization activities. The balance of employee exchange relationships, employee perceptions of both their own obligations and the employers' obligations, were collected from 120 newcomers in a public sector organization on the first day of employment and again three months later. We found the relationship between employee obligations and two socialization activities (time with mentor and time spent in training) depended on the employee's perceptions of what the employer owed the employee, such that employees in unbalanced relationships tended to engage in more socialization activities than employees in balanced relationships. 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Payne, S. C., Culbertson, S. S., Boswell, W. R., & Barger, E. J.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Payne, Stephanie C||Culbertson, Satoris S||Boswell, Wendy R||Barger, Eric J

publication date

  • January 2008