A COMMITMENT UNDER CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES: ANALYSING EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT DURING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN THE UK

Machokoto, Washington ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3613-3553 (2020) A COMMITMENT UNDER CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES: ANALYSING EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT DURING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN THE UK. International Journal of Advanced Research.

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Abstract

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the world’s economies and
brought more anxiety and uncertainty in Employment Relations. In
response to the outbreak, governments have directed people to work
from home if they can; thus, minimum social interaction to reduce the
spread of the virus. However, some people could not work from home
because of the nature of their job. This study aimed to investigate
Employee Commitment (EC) during the COVID-19 outbreak in the
UK. Potential participants were invited through social media, and three
individuals were selected at random to take part in a video interview
via zoom technology. The data was processed into 3 case studies before
analysing. The results indicated that employees are currently being
pushed to work because they need to pay their household bills.
Therefore the employees are displaying continuance commitment
because of perceived costs or fear to be in debt if they leave the job.
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought emotional challenges among the
working population; employees who can work are only doing so to
support their families financially. Despite a small sample, this study
concludes that employees lose their love of job when they are faced
with high risks, such as COVID-19 virus. Also, employees during an
emergency, such as coronavirus pandemic do not see going to work as
an obligation. Therefore EC remains a volatile concept that can be
affected by circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and finance > Business and management > Culture and leadership
Depositing User: Washington Machokoto
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 17:39
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 17:07
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9017

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