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The Role of Boundary Preference in Irish Media Professional’s Attitudes Toward being ‘Always on’, Leaveism, and the Role of HR Policy a Qualitative Study

Kavanagh, Nicola (2019) The Role of Boundary Preference in Irish Media Professional’s Attitudes Toward being ‘Always on’, Leaveism, and the Role of HR Policy a Qualitative Study. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose - The workplace is not in one place; it’s almost everywhere an internet connection can be found. More and more professionals are ‘always on’, with the aid or intrusion of the smartphone employees are able to work and expected to work all the time and everywhere. Leaveism is a relatively newly coined term, that bridges the productivity gap between absenteeism (not being in work) presenteeism (being in work while ill), leaveism is working after working hours, while on holidays and/or while on sick leave. Previous studies have focused on the frequency of these behaviours; the aim of this study is to gain insight, and add to existing literature around these topics and gain insight into the attitudes of Irish media professionals toward leaveism and the requirement to be ‘always on’; and the motivations that under pin them, as well as the role of Human Resource in the creation of appropriate policy.

Design/Approach – pervious studies have neglected to address the underlying motivations and attitudes towards working outside of traditional working hours, why do employees feel the need to consistently use their smartphones while not in work, and what are their feelings towards this behaviour, as well as the possible ramifications to their work life balance. Through qualitative research methods; semi structured in-depth interviews, a better understanding of the nuance motivating these behaviours will be gained and understanding to the extent that boundary preferences plays in their attitudes.

Value - The results of this study are intended to aid Human Resource departments in the effective creation of strategic HR policy to protect both employees and organisations against the inherent risks to ‘always on’ working and leaveism

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > Broadcasting Media
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 13:45
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 13:45
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3926

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