Examining the Moderating Role of Mindfulness in the Relationship between Perceived Job Insecurity and Psychological Well-being among Telecommunication Workers in Nigeria

  • Fabian O Ugwu Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo
  • Festus Asogwa Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State


Work is essential because through working, individuals not only actualise their dream but fulfil their basic needs of life. Nonetheless, working also has a hidden threat (job uncertainty) that can unexpectedly attack and possibly impact negatively on the well-being of employees. Those hidden threats have become the attribute of most employees in a volatile business environment. This study therefore tested the relationship between perceived job insecurity and psychological well-being. It also tested the moderating role of mindfulness in this relationship. Specifically, it was predicted that perception of high job insecurity will be significantly and negatively related to employees’ psychological well-being among low mindfulness individuals but not for high individuals. The predictions were tested using survey data from telecommunication workers (N 161) sampled from the four major telecommunication companies doing business in the south east, Nigeria. Multiple hierarchical moderated regression analyses revealed that perceived high job insecurity was significantly and negatively related to psychological well-being. The analyses also supported the hypothesised moderating role of mindfulness in the negative relationship between perceived high job insecurity and psychological well-being in such a way that when mindfulness is high the negative relationship between perceived high job insecurity and psychological well-being became weaker than when mindfulness is low. The study’s implications for intervention programmes in the organisations were discussed; limitations were highlighted while suggestions for future research were made.


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How to Cite
UGWU, Fabian O; ASOGWA, Festus. Examining the Moderating Role of Mindfulness in the Relationship between Perceived Job Insecurity and Psychological Well-being among Telecommunication Workers in Nigeria. GOUNI Journal of Management and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 72-88, feb. 2017. ISSN 2550-7265. Available at: <http://journal.gouni.edu.ng/index.php/fmss/article/view/38>. Date accessed: 06 may 2018.


Mindfulness; job insecurity; psychological well-being; telecommunication workers