Work related events, the perspective of Icelandic human resource managers and employees

Sigurlaug Jónsdóttir, Gylfi Dalmann Adalsteinsson

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This study seeks to examine attitudes of human resource managers as well as employees towards work related events. The importance of planning such events was examined in relation to employees’ positive perceptions of them. Various factors affecting the attendance of employees at such events were analyzed, and the potential effects of work related events on the working environment were revealed. A qualitative methodology, based on snowball sampling, was used in the study. Ten interviews were conducted, five with human resource managers and five with general employees in Iceland. Participants were employed by five different companies. The results of the study indicate that the responsibility of companies and employee associations for work related events varies between companies, residing either with the employee association of the relevant company or with the company itself. The results of this study also suggest that management should give greater attention to work related events, due to their potential effects on the working environment. The study further revealed that inappropriate employee behaviour, greater degree of intimacy between co-workers, involvement of spouses, and isolation of non-attending employees were also factors affecting the working environment. During planning of work related events, the most important factors are good organization, respect for employees‘ private lives, and the workplace atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Business Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2014

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Other keywords

  • Employees association
  • Human resource managers
  • Planning and organizing
  • Work related events


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