For work organizations and their members, establishing and maintaining mutually satisfying employment relationships is a fundamental concern. The importance that scholars attach to employment relationships is reflected in research streams that explore the optimal design of strategic human resource management systems, the nature of psychological contract fulfillment and violation, and the factors associated with achieving person-environment fit, among others. Generally missing from theory and research pertaining to employment relationships is the perspective of individuals who reside at the employee-employer interface – managerial leaders. We argue that, for managerial leaders, a pervasive concern involves the tangible and intangible resource requirements of specific employees. We then provide the groundwork for study of the leader’s perspective on employment relationships by proposing a model that identifies how employees come to be perceived as low versus high maintenance and how these perceptions, in turn, influence leader cognition, affect, and behavior.
Tepper, B. and Simon, L. (2015), "Employee Maintenance: Examining Employment Relationships from the Perspective of Managerial Leaders", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 33), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 1-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120150000033002Download as .RIS
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