Extreme Working Conditions in Turbulent Times

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Extreme Working Conditions in Turbulent Times

HR Policies & Practices
Spring Semester 13’
Coursework 1
City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield

Abstract
This research project seeks to offer an analysis concerning the theme of ‘extreme work’ and in particular to describe, explain, and theorize the problematic of intense work in times of crises. This research report is with literature review and findings from qualitative data. We took data from questionnaires that have been sampled amongst employees and managers of organizations in Greece. The technique/method used was the questionnaire with parts a, b, c, d, e and f. This data has been collected into an excel spreadsheet with each section having its own sheet. A literature review has been discussed and explained in various aspects turbulent times. How it is created with further detail, in this case Greece, the transformation of how normal becomes extreme and how managers deal with the challenges from various pressures. Also, how managers and employees sought to resist and create resilience for staff and why they become to accept and embrace such change in working conditions. The results in our data analysis resemble organizations today which are struggling in times of crisis. Workloads are increasing while more and more people are being let go. Confusion and int. competition are taking effect while work overtime isn’t even being offered because resources have been cut so far back. Managers are trying to cut their costs and lower their losses. People’s emotional and physical well-being is being put at stake so organizations can survive and families can have an income. Governmental figures haven’t made it easy when their poor budgeting and mishandling of debt have led to a shock wave of failure in many industries.

Table of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………….1 Literature Review…………………………………………………………...2 Qualitative Data Analysis…………………………………………………5 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………...9 References………………………………………………………………….11

Introduction
This paper reflects the working conditions in current turbulent times. Turbulent times in working environments consist of unbalanced conditions of work amongst employees and their work load. Many causes of crisis have been studied from different levels of environments from macro to micro and their effects on top management to low level employees. Internal and external factors cause crisis to occur in organizations and HR managers are required to sustain such situations in order not to fall into a snowball effect of extreme working conditions which may further impair the company on their strategic success (Box, 2011). HR professionals play an even more critical value-added role in turbulent times in terms of resilience to transform the organization into having a competitive advantage (Ramlall, 2009). In this study, questionnaires have been passed amongst managers and employees of organizations in Greece. Greece’s current crisis is sufficient to undertake such an analysis in developing results to which display their current working conditions in time of crisis as well as the managerial roles that have taken affect due to this current economic downfall. A literature review will discuss and analyze the causes of how organizations worldwide transform from ‘normal’ to ‘extreme’ working environments with the identification of internal and external pressures. Also, it will describe the resilience ofmanagers and or employees within organizations and how HR Professionals have or have not succeeded their resistance? Furthermore, how managers and or employees have come to embrace such extreme working environments on their behalf? And why? Next, with the use of qualitative data collected from the questionnaires, a descriptive data analysis will show what managers (as leaders) and how employees have handled the current crisis issues in context of ‘extreme work’ in Greece. Finally, we will...
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