Flourishing, a construct encompassing optimal human functioning, is an indicator of well-being. The purpose of this study was to examine the direct and indirect effects of employees’ achievement goal orientation (mastery-approach, mastery-avoidance, performance-approach and performance-avoidance goal orientation) on flourishing, through the appraisal of quantitative (concerns about continued existence of the job) and qualitative (concerns about continued existence of important job features) job insecurity. Data were collected from 275 employees in an organization on the brink of a substantive downsizing. The results of structural equation modelling showed that mastery approach and—avoidance goal orientation positively predicted flourishing. Furthermore, flourishing was negatively predicted by qualitative job insecurity but not by quantitative job insecurity. Qualitative job insecurity mediated the effects of mastery- and performance-approach goal orientation on flourishing but the effects were not significant. Hence, in an environment with a substantial threat of job loss, a mastery goal orientation contributed directly to flourishing. Our results plead for more attention for the effects of achievement goal orientation and qualitative job insecurity on flourishing under uncertainty.

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Keywords Achievement goal orientation, Flourishing, Qualitative job insecurity, Quantitative job insecurity
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-020-02337-4, hdl.handle.net/1765/127351
Journal Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement
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Van Dam, J.W, Noordzij, G, & Born, M.Ph. (2020). Thriving Under Uncertainty: The Effect of Achievement Goal Orientation on Job Insecurity and Flourishing. Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement. doi:10.1007/s11205-020-02337-4