VOICE IN THE EMERGENCY: THE ANALYSIS OF EMPLOYEE VOICE DURING THE UK CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

Machokoto, Washington ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3613-3553 (2020) VOICE IN THE EMERGENCY: THE ANALYSIS OF EMPLOYEE VOICE DURING THE UK CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN. International Journal of Advanced Research.

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Abstract

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world has caused
mayhem in Employment Relations, yet medication for the virus is still
to be discovered. This outbreak is not the first time the world
experiencing an outbreak of this magnitude, in the past; some countries
have experienced some species of coronavirus known as HCoV-229E,
CoV-HKUI, CoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.
This study aimed to analyse the impact of a shutdown during the
COVID-19 virus in the UK. Three case studies were used in this study;
(1) A Healthcare Assistant and Student Nurse (2) A Senior Nurse with
a local hospital, and (3) Qualified Secondary School Teacher. These
three participants were interviewed through telephones, and the
researcher used a semi-structured interview technique to collect
sufficient data. Discussions were audio-recorded, and critical issues
noted down during conversation for further follow-up. The results
indicated that many participants feel that despite the need for an
emergency response to the virus outbreak, their Voice was widely
suppressed by the government and their organisations, leaving them
powerless. Again, participants have their workload at home increased
due to "work from home" and "social distancing" directives. Majority
of participants do not agree with the government's job retention scheme
as they see it as a threat to their salaries. Nevertheless, participants feel
obliged to continue going to work to maintain their salary size. This
study concludes that considering Employee Voice is paramount in any
situation, and the decision-makers should consider Employee Voice to
reduce confusion and reduce anxieties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and finance > Business and management > Culture and leadership
Depositing User: Washington Machokoto
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 16:52
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 17:07
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9024

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