Career jobs, survival jobs, and employee deviance: A social investment model of workplace misconduct

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Abstract

We examine the relationship between career stakes, or the fit between workers' current jobs and their long-term career plans, and employee deviance. Most prior research has focused on the link between job satisfaction and deviance, but career stakes may be a more salient and theoretically relevant measure of workers' investments in their present positions, particularly in young adulthood. We hypothesize that people whose current jobs match their long-term career goals have made a social investment with their employers that inhibits deviant behavior. We analyze data from the Youth Development Study (YDS), a longitudinal community sample of individuals now in their mid-twenties. Our results show that career stakes and job satisfaction exert independent effects on worker misconduct even when prior levels of general deviance and workplace deviance are statistically controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-263
Number of pages19
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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