The psychological contract of employees in public organizations: what built this relationship?

Bruno Sirotheau de Almeida Eichler, Ana Heloísa Costa Lemos, Diana Rebello Neves


The purpose of this work was to identify the elements that make up the psychological contract of professionals with higher education qualifications and who previously worked in the private sector, but who now work in public organizations. The recent trend in the Brazilian job market favoring positions in the public sector, as evidenced by the growing interest shown in openings in this area, is the main motivation behind this present work, which seeks to understand what the main attractions of this particular kind of employment might be. The results of the survey that were carried out suggest that among the main attractions of working in the public sector include a steady pace of work, job stability and good wages and benefits, although aspects such as corporate image, professional challenges and incentives for furthering one’s education are also relevant according to those interviewed.    


Work satisfaction; personal values


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Revista de Administração da UFSM. Brazilian Journal of Management

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, eISSN 1983-4659