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Workplace spirituality, well-being at work and employee loyalty in a gig economy: multi-group analysis across temporary vs permanent employment status

Nimitha Aboobaker (DDU Kaushal Kendra, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Manoj Edward (School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
K.A. Zakkariya (School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 6 September 2021

Issue publication date: 13 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the influence of workplace spirituality on employee loyalty toward the organization, mediated through well-being at work. Furthermore, the study endeavors to test the difference in conceptual model estimates, across two groups of employees: those who work on contract/temporary and permanent basis. The study gains relevance particularly in the context of the emerging sharing economy, where jobs are primarily characterized by short-term contracts and freelancing.

Design/methodology/approach

This descriptive study was conducted among a sample of 523 educators working in private educational institutions in India. Self-reporting questionnaires were administered among the respondents, who were selected through the purposive sampling method. Structural equation modeling and multi-group analysis were done to test the proposed hypotheses.

Findings

The analysis revealed that workplace spirituality enriched employee well-being and loyalty toward the organization and evidence were found for indirect effects too. Variances were observed in the relationships, with respect to the different employment statuses of the personnel. Significant differences in the relationships were not found across temporary and permanent employment statuses. Interestingly, temporary employees experienced stronger influences between meaningful work, well-being and word-of-mouth. Results suggest the relevance of understanding employees' differential work experiences and attitudes and thus facilitate human resource strategies accordingly.

Originality/value

This study is pioneering in conceptualizing and testing a theoretical model linking workplace spirituality, well-being at work and employee loyalty, particularly in the context of employees who differ in their employment status, which is a critical aspect of modern-day organizations. Unlike traditional workplaces, in recent times, people come together and work along for shorter terms, as the case of a sharing economy and the thus emergent interpersonal dynamics between each other and with the workplace has significant repercussions on the organization. Theoretical and managerial implications with regard to the experience of workplace spirituality and job outcomes are elaborated, thus striving to fill a gap in the existing literature.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are extremely thankful to the Editors and anonymous reviewers who supported to improve the quality of the manuscript.

Citation

Aboobaker, N., Edward, M. and Zakkariya, K.A. (2022), "Workplace spirituality, well-being at work and employee loyalty in a gig economy: multi-group analysis across temporary vs permanent employment status", Personnel Review, Vol. 51 No. 9, pp. 2162-2180. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-01-2021-0002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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