An exploration into the impact of familial workplace relationships within the public sector on the Isle of Wight

Student, A. (2019) An exploration into the impact of familial workplace relationships within the public sector on the Isle of Wight. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of familial relationships on behaviour and decision making within the workplace, specifically within the public sector on the Isle of Wight. Previous research undertaken has had a private sector focus. This project attempts to illuminate gaps within the literature regarding the public sector.
The purpose of the study is to provide a comparison of experiences within both sectors to determine if there are similarities or differences. Family have been known to form a reliance on one another within the workplace in order to release emotional strain and ensure continuity – some view this as a hindrance and others believe it aids the working community by forming a collectivist culture. There have also been contrasting opinions regarding the impacts of family on conflict within the workplace, with claims that altruistic tendencies will act as a prevention of hostility. The research aims to clarify the true nature of these behaviours within a micro geographic setting.
Research has shed light on individual’s resistance to change and avoidance of risk, and how family impact the decision making process. People can be dependent on familiarity, which sometimes encourages nepotism. Nepotism causes a domino effect of issues within business in which this project explores, as well as employees within the public sectors attitudes toward it.
Data was collected in the form of four semi structured, face-to-face interviews, which enabled in-depth, free-flowing conversations where participants were able to explain their experiences and perspectives on attitudes to family within the workplace. This is an ethnographic and phenomenological study which looks at the interpretation and understanding of social situations from a constructivist standpoint.
All participants currently work in a position alongside family members. Data collected found some variance of opinions and experiences which brought to light how different people are able to act in personal interest or selflessly, based on merit individuals placed on their family’s opinions, and the ability to impact their decisions.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Business School
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Gail Graffham
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 14:27
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 14:27
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5894

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