Job mobility, its determinants, and its effects: longitudinal data from the Maastricht Cohort Study

J Occup Health Psychol. 2002 Apr;7(2):121-9.


This prospective study of 12,140 employees examined the effects of work characteristics and situational, psychological, and health aspects on job mobility. Before job change, the mobility group reported significantly more conflicts with the supervisor, higher physical and emotional strain, higher degree of job insecurity, lower job satisfaction, and lower degree of commitment compared with employees who did not change jobs. After job change, the mobility group reported improved autonomy, task diversity, decreased occurrence of conflicts with the supervisor, decreased physical and emotional strain, and improved training possibilities and job security than before the change. Changing jobs had a positive effect on employees with respect to job perception and job satisfaction and led to reduced fatigue and need for recovery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Career Mobility*
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Decision Making
  • Emotions
  • Fatigue
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stress, Psychological*