Explaining variations in absence rates: Temporary and agency workers in the food manufacturing sector

Benjamin Hopkins

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Abstract

This article responds to a recent call in a provocation article in the Human Resource Management Journal by Thompson to use workplace studies to investigate employees' experiences of HR practices. Examining the particular case of absence management, the article investigates the experiences of short-term workers in the food manufacturing industry in the UK. Variations in absence rates between directly employed temporary workers and agency workers are shown to be the result of differing levels of managerial control over absence, which affects workers' ability to use absence as a form of industrial conflict to escape a low-skilled and monotonous work process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-240
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Volume24
Issue number2
Early online date26 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2014

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