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Employee Engagement and Site Closure: An investigation of employee engagement levels within the closedown of an Irish pharmaceutical plant, using quantitative research methodologies.

Sheehan, Alex (2015) Employee Engagement and Site Closure: An investigation of employee engagement levels within the closedown of an Irish pharmaceutical plant, using quantitative research methodologies. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Recent trends in management consultancy and a drive for cost reduction across many industries has focused on employee engagement as a source of competitiveness with many management consultancies offering engagement measurement and interventions.

Research into productivity in a site closure scenario highlights the existence of the ‘closedown effect’ where production improves during site closure, particularly in the presence of timely notification, the provision of a severance package, employee outplacement support and training and development allowance. This research points to high levels of employee engagement during the closure.

High levels of employee engagement during a site closure would appear counterintuitive. This study is based on a sample of 125 employees being made redundant in an Irish pharmaceutical plant.

Using a quantitative questionnaire and the UWES-9 instrument; it explores employee engagement levels but fails to identify any relationship between engagement and demographic factors. The study identifies the impact of a training allowance on employee engagement and lastly investigates why employees themselves believe maintaining engagement is important in the face of redundancy.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Employee Engagement
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Redundancy. Dismissal.
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2015 09:52
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 09:52
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2014

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