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The influence of New Ways of Working practices on the employment relationship : an exploratory case study

Uijlenberg, W. (2017) The influence of New Ways of Working practices on the employment relationship : an exploratory case study.

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Abstract:This paper set out to study the influence of New Ways of Working practices on the employment relationship within Dutch organisations. The core of NWW consist of time and place independent working, with the support of an ICT infrastructure. Next to this, organisational management and an organisational culture that support NWW are important conditions that need to be present in the organisation (De Leede, 2017). The employment relationship can be seen in two ways. As the relationship that an employee has with their supervisor, and as a network of agreements related to e.g. salaries, working times, qualifications, recruitment, training, known as the contractual relationship (Fruytier, 1994). While both concepts have been studied before, this study specifically looks at the influence these constructs have, on each other, and on the work-life balance and productivity of employees. This exploratory multiple case study has been conducted within two organisations currently using NWW practices. A total of ten interviews has been conducted with HR experts, managers, and employees. Results show that the way people work, just as the employment relationship, will become more flexible, but the NWW concept as it was determined in literature will not be used to its full extent in the near future. Another interesting finding is that the work-life balance improves and the individual productivity of employees increases through the introduction of NWW.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73361
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