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Conceptualising the nexus between macro‐level ‘turbulence’ and the worker experience

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posted on 2023-09-14, 14:58 authored by Rea Prouska, Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Alexandra Beauregard, Alexandros PsychogiosAlexandros Psychogios, Margarita Nyfoudi

In this article, we introduce the special issue on conceptualising the nexus between macro‐level ‘turbulence’ and the worker experience. We discuss ‘turbulence’ as economic, political, social, technological, and environmental crises occurring in the macro‐environment and affecting the world of work. We argue that human resource management plays a critical role in supporting not only the organisation, but also workers, to navigate through macro‐level events. Based on the contributions included in this Special Issue, we suggest a novel framework that situates and expands the role of the Human Resources (HR) function in contemporary organisations by proposing a new role, the Proactive Carer. We argue that the debates around the role of HR and HR professionals have so far been too narrow and internally focused. It is time to expand this role to be externally facing, proactively monitoring the macro‐environment for significant events, anticipating any significant changes for workers, and designing interventions to minimise any negative impact. We conclude by highlighting avenues for future research.

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  • Loughborough Business School

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Human Resource Management Journal

Publisher

Wiley

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2023-08-02

Publication date

2023-08-11

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0954-5395

eISSN

1748-8583

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Alexandros Psychogios. Deposit date: 8 September 2023

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