What is organisational attachment? Definition and explanation

Organisational attachment


Organisational attachment

What is organisational attachment?

Organisational attachment is a description of how attached and secure an individual feels to their organisation. It is essentially a group of psychological contracts that exists between the organisation and the employee.

It consists of perceptions of:

  1. The level of job security offered,
  2. Job satisfaction,
  3. Job continuity – whether their role changes or stay the same,
  4. Distributive justice – how the employee feels they and their department or team is treated compared to other groups, and
  5. Personal status – this includes both social status, i.e. does the person like to tell people where they work or not and comparative status within the organisation.

Back to the Oxford Review Encyclopaedia of Terms


Sung, W, et al (2016) Employees’ Responses to an Organizational Merger:  Intraindividual Change in Organizational Identification, Attachment, and Turnover”  Department of Management  Gatton College of Business and Economics University of Kentucky

How to recover from organisational decline: The 5 R’s of organisational recovery


Disclaimer: This is a research review, expert interpretation and briefing. As such it contains other studies, expert comment and practitioner advice. It is not a copy of the original study – which is referenced. The original study should be consulted and referenced in all cases. This research briefing is for informational and educational purposes only. We do not accept any liability for the use to which this review and briefing is put or for it or the research accuracy, reliability or validity. This briefing as an original work in its own right and is copyright © Oxford Review Enterprises Ltd 2016-2019. Any use made of this briefing is entirely at your own risk.

Be impressively well informed


Get the very latest research intelligence briefings, video research briefings, infographics and more sent direct to you as they are published

Be the most impressively well-informed and up-to-date person around...

Powered by ConvertKit
Like what you see? Help us spread the word