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Perceived vulnerability of job loss and satisfaction with life in the hospitality sector in times of pandemic: a multi-mediational approach

Nidhi Singh (Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida, Noida, India)
Shikha Bhatia (International Management Institute New Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Shailendra Nigam (International Management Institute New Delhi, New Delhi, India)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 June 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted business and viability of firms in the hospitality sector. This paper aims to examine the impact of perceived vulnerability of employees in this sector related to job loss and satisfaction with life. Additionally, it tests whether the impact is reduced for an individual possessing high emotional and financial well-being.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses cross-sectional data obtained through a survey of 312 hospitality sector employees. Using PLS-SEM, hypothesized relationships between constructs are tested.

Findings

Perceived vulnerability of job loss negatively impacts satisfaction with life; however, this negative impact gets significantly reduced in the presence of emotional and financial well-being.

Research limitations/implications

The results provide an impetus to focus on emotional and financial well-being to reduce employees’ vulnerabilities and improve their life satisfaction. In the absence of specific relief programs by the Government and with reduced business activity, employers need to look for innovative ways for ensuring their own sustenance and employee well-being.

Originality/value

This study is one of the initial works on examining how perceived vulnerability of job loss induced by the pandemic on hospitality sector employees’ impacts their satisfaction with life. It also makes a novel attempt to examine emotional well-being and financial well-being, as mediators in this relationship.

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Citation

Singh, N., Bhatia, S. and Nigam, S. (2021), "Perceived vulnerability of job loss and satisfaction with life in the hospitality sector in times of pandemic: a multi-mediational approach", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 1768-1788. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-10-2020-1145

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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