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An assault on identity : the male view of being made redundant

Parris, Melissa Anne and Vickers, Margaret 2006, An assault on identity : the male view of being made redundant, in AEPP 2006: Balancing organizational competitiveness, ethics, social responsibility and employee rights in the global economy: Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference 2006, Manhattan College, New York, N.Y., pp. 109-114.

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Title An assault on identity : the male view of being made redundant
Author(s) Parris, Melissa Anne
Vickers, Margaret
Conference name Association on Employment Practices and Principles. Conference (14th: 2006: New York, N.Y.)
Conference location New York, N.Y.
Conference dates 5-7 October 2006
Title of proceedings AEPP 2006: Balancing organizational competitiveness, ethics, social responsibility and employee rights in the global economy: Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference 2006
Editor(s) Parris, Melissa A.
Vickers, Margaret H.
Publication date 2006
Conference series Association on Employment Practices and Principles Conference
Start page 109
End page 114
Publisher Manhattan College
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) downsizing
gender
identity
men
redundancy
Summary Participation and success in paid work is a key element of identity for many men. The increased prevalence of downsizing, and the discarding of individuals from organisations, therefore has particular pertinence when considering men’s workplace experiences. This paper discusses findings from an exploratory study investigating the experiences of Australian executives who had been made redundant. Three themes related to male identity are presented: the impact on respondents’ positions as breadwinners for their families; a concern for being seen to be capable and in control; and perceptions of loss of status upon returning to work. These executives expressed feelings of anger, sadness, fear and embarrassment as a result of the assault to their identity. There is a need for continued focus on these experiences and their implications for both men and women, particularly as individuals report undergoing multiple redundancies.
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ISBN 1878583646
9781878583642
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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