Do not say a word! Conceptualizing employee silence in a long-term crisis context

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Prouska, R and Psychogios, AG (2016). Do not say a word! Conceptualizing employee silence in a long-term crisis context. International Journal of Human Resource Management.
AuthorsProuska, R and Psychogios, AG
Abstract

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Although research has emphasized the organizational and individual factors that influence employee voice and silence at work, it is less known how employee voice/silence is affected by the economic context, particularly when this context is one of intensive and long-term economic crisis in a country with weak institutional bases. In this study, we explore how employee silence is formulated in long-term turbulent economic environments and in more vulnerable organizational settings like those of small enterprises. The study draws on qualitative data gathered from 63 interviews with employees in a total of 48 small enterprises in Greece in two periods of time (2009 and 2015). This study suggests a new type of employee silence, social empathy silence, and offers a conceptual framework for understanding the development of silence over time in particular contexts of long-term turbulence and crisis.

Year2016
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN0958-5192
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09585192.2016.1212913
Publication dates
Print30 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Dec 2016
Accepted28 Jun 2016
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
Page range1 - 30
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