How could hospitality employees survive? The individual costs, career decisions and autonomy support of furlough strategies in a crisis

Chen (Jerry) Zheng, Jialin (Snow) Wu, Xinyuan (Roy) Zhao

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Abstract

The hospitality industries are fragile and have very little business in a public crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Under a difficult time, the hospitality organizations still need to keep talent employees who are critical when the business is recovered. Furlough that employers keep talent employees without variable cost, becomes a common choice among hotels. However, the potential impacts of such furlough practices on employees have rarely been investigated. By analyzing the data set from 386 furloughed UK hotel employees, the present study illustrated that the perceived costs of furlough as well as the availability of alternative opportunities resulted in career changes, and that feelings of acknowledged as a dimension of autonomy support weakened the effects of social costs on career change decisions. The findings call for more balanced furlough strategies and extend knowledge about social justice at workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103279
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Volume106
Early online date11 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jul 2022

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