"Look at him...he's failing" : male executives' experiences of redundancy

Parris, Melissa A. and Vickers, Margaret H. 2010, "Look at him...he's failing" : male executives' experiences of redundancy, Employee responsibilities and rights journal, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 345-357.

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Title "Look at him...he's failing" : male executives' experiences of redundancy
Author(s) Parris, Melissa A.
Vickers, Margaret H.
Journal name Employee responsibilities and rights journal
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 345
End page 357
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 0892-7545
1573-3378
Keyword(s) redundancy
downsizing
masculinity
identity
loss
Summary Participation and success in paid work is a key element of identity for many men. The increased prevalence of downsizing and the associated discarding of individuals from their workplaces, then, has particular relevance for men. This paper shares qualitative findings from an exploratory phenomenological study investigating the experiences of Australian executives who had been made redundant. Three themes related to male identity are presented here: Failing as the breadwinner; Being less of a person; and, Losing success. The participants in this study shared feelings of anger, sadness, fear and embarrassment as a result of the assault to their identity that accompanied their involuntary redundancies. The impacts of redundancy were not only felt in relation to their job loss, but continued after returning to work. At a time when downsizing continues to feature as a routine part of organisational life—for some, an experience repeated throughout their careers—further exploration of the experience of redundancy and its implications is required.
Notes Published online: 12 August 2010
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031346

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