The effects on layoff survivors of their fellow survivors' reactions

Joel Brockner*, Rubort Hurley, Rocki Lee Dewitt, Batia Wiesenfeld, Steven Grover, John Stephan, Thomas Reed, Christopher Martin

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A multimethod series of studies examined factors that moderate the effects on layoff survivors of their fellow survivors' reactions. Studies 1 and 2 showed that survivors' work performance was more influenced by the reactions of fellow survivors who were relatively attractive. Study 3 revealed that survivors' work performance and turnover intention were more positively related to the reactions of relatively attractive fellow survivors, but only when the survivors had relatively little communication with their fellow survivors about the layoff; among those who communicated a great deal with fellow survivors about the layoff, work performance, and turnover intention were positively related to their fellow survivors' reactions, regardless of the attractiveness of their fellow survivors. The discussion focuses on theoretical and practical implications, limitations of the studies, and areas for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-863
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 1997
Externally publishedYes

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