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The support of the supervisor is very important to limit the negative effect of job insecurity on job performance. This is recently confirmed by scientific research published by the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The research was conducted amongst 288 frontline employees working for four and five star restaurants in Cyprus.
The hospitality industry is a very challenging environment. Competition is based on location, pricing, food and drinks, the design of the accommodation, but certainly also quality of service. Much depends on the work of frontline employees, which is supported or affected by psychological influences.
One of the psychological strains affecting the working of frontline employees, such as waiters or concierges, is job insecurity. The researchers proved that when job insecurity increases, frontline employees deliver poorer job performances.
But this effect can be mitigated by providing more supervisor support. When there’s more guidance of managers, frontline employees are better able to stay focussed, customer friendly and act fast. Also the ability to engage within the company is a factor, because it can improve the intrinsic motivation of employees.
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