Title

Resources for a positive perception of work among poor working youth

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Journal of Workplace Learning

Volume

28

Issue

6

First Page

392

Last Page

404

Publication Date

8-8-2016

Abstract

Purpose: A positive perception of work helps counteract the stress and psychological loss because of non-optimal working conditions. This paper aims to hypothesize two pathways through which social-psychological resources in the workplace contribute to positive work perception: one pathway is direct and the other is through the mediating mechanism of youth’s internal resource. Design/methodology/approach: Filipino working youth from a government program for out-of-school poor youth, or working students enrolled in a free night high school, completed pertinent scales of the Multicontext Assessment Battery of Youth Development. Findings: Co-workers’ endorsement of work values and their joint exercise of resilience-building skills build youth’s positive work perception. Youth’s personal initiative contributes to their positive work perception by its direct influence and also by its mediating mechanism. Research limitations/implications: The cross-sectional survey of this study does not allow for a definitive temporal progression from resources to positive work perception as does a longitudinal study. Social implications: For poor working youth, the threats of a financially bleak future can be tempered by an attitude that recognizes work not only as financially necessary but also as beneficial to one’s growth. The social-psychological resources in the workplace and the youth’s emerging personal initiative jointly contribute to a positive perception of work. Originality/value: The current research shifts the focus of analysis from disadvantageous employment conditions to the affective and motivational aspects of employment and uses the conservation-of-resources theory to plot the flow of resources from the workplace to the worker. © 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1108/JWL-10-2015-0075

Disciplines

Psychology

Keywords

Youth—Employment--Philippines; Youth—Philippines--Psychology; Resilience (Personality trait); Work—Psychological aspects; Work—Moral and ethical aspects--Philippines

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