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Exceeded expectations: building stable psychological contracts among newly recruited social workers in a Swedish context
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (HAL)
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (HAL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-4408
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (HAL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5928-7988
(English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

There is a need for a stable competence provision in the Swedish publicsector in order to ensure the continuity, quality and stability of the socialservices that are provided to citizens. As the turnover rate of newcomersgenerally reaches a peak between three and six months after entry, it isimportant to understand how organisations can retain their newlyrecruited social workers. From a psychological contract theory standpoint,the aim of this exploratory qualitative case study is to describe the processthat leads to relatively stable psychological contracts amongst newlyrecruited social workers. Three focus group interviews (consisting of fournew social worker recruits, six co-workers and two supervisors from thesame department) were conducted to retrospectively capture theexchange relationship between these agents during the newcomers’first year of employment. The analysis identified two themes in theexchange process that shaped the employment relationship: pre-entryexpectations and post-entry experiences. The results showed that theorganisational promises that were kept over time, mostly by supervisorsand also due to co-worker influences, ultimately resulted in fulfilled andstabilized psychological contracts amongst the newcomers. An importantconclusion is that a co-worker-organisation relationship of a good qualityneeds to have been established in order to enable a successful qualitativenewcomer-organisation relationship. High organisational investment isthus required by an employing organisation that wants to builda trustworthy long-term relationship with all its employees.

Keywords [en]
Social workers; newcomers; expectations; psychological contracts; HSO
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Work Sciences
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Working Life Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41813DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2018.1548372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41813DiVA, id: diva2:1273726
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2018-12-28Bibliographically approved

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