Employee perception of dialectical tensions in company supported employee volunteerism

Alessandro POROLI, Vincent HUANG

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018
EventICA 2018 - 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference: Voices - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 24 May 201828 May 2018
https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ica/ica18/

Conference

ConferenceICA 2018 - 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period24/05/1828/05/18
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

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