Employee perception of dialectical tensions in company supported employee volunteerism

Alessandro POROLI, Vincent HUANG

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Existing research seems to suggest that contradictions may exist when implementing company support for employee volunteerism (CSEV). However, a full understanding of potentially existing contradictions on the matter is yet to be achieved. Attempting to fill in this research gap, this study adopts a tensional perspective to explore dialectics in employees’ perception of CSEV. Drawing on a qualitatively-informed study conducted in a Hong Kong company that performed practices of employee engagement in volunteering, this work found that employees perceived engagement-disengagement and openness-closedness tensions. The perception of these tensions was affected by organizational (work arrangements and communication climate), individual (sense of belonging and understanding of visibility), and relational (manager and co-worker potential responses/expectations) factors. This study contributes to research of employee volunteering by providing a tensional perspective, highlights the importance of considering different levels of factors in investigating tensions’ perception, and has implications for dialectical tension research and practice.


Conference68th Annual International Communication Association Conference, ICA 2018
Abbreviated titleICA 2018
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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  • Communication


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