Antecedents of perceived intra- and extra-organisational alternatives. The case of low-educated supermarket employees in Czech Republic, Poland and Slovak Republic

Nicole Torka, Peter Geurts, Karin Sanders, Maarten van Riemsdijk

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    Abstract

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore antecedents of perceived intra‐ and extra‐organisational alternatives among employees in the Czech Republic, Poland and the Slovak Republic.

    Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected from 9,068 low‐educated supermarket employees at 360 supermarkets. LISREL analysis was employed.

    Findings: Age, job autonomy and organisation size predict both forms of perceived alternatives. Tenure appears to influence both forms of perceived alternatives positively. Job challenge and sex only predict perceived extra‐organisational alternatives. Unexpectedly, despite relatively high unemployment rates, the respondents perceive extra‐organisational alternatives.

    Research limitations/implications: Some of the antecedents of perceived alternatives identified in research among workers in Western societies seem to have a different or no impact on the perceived alternatives of employees in these countries. The study comprises only cross‐sectional data. In order to test causality a longitudinal design is needed.

    Practical implications: Managers should offer development and promotion opportunities in order to prevent turnover and to enhance internal flexibility as well as reflect on inducements for female and older workers.

    Originality/value: This is one of the few studies exploring employee perceptions in Central European transition countries. Moreover, in general, research on the perceived alternatives of low‐educated employees is very scarce. Therefore, this research also contributes to knowledge about their labour market perceptions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-286
    Number of pages18
    JournalPersonnel review
    Volume39
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Supermarkets
    • Education
    • Jobs
    • Czech Republic
    • Poland
    • Slovakia

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