Ethical management in the hotel sector: Creating an authentic work experience for workers with intellectual disabilities

Meacham, H, Cavanagh, J, Bartram, T and Laing, J 2019, 'Ethical management in the hotel sector: Creating an authentic work experience for workers with intellectual disabilities', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 155, no. 3, pp. 823-835.


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Title Ethical management in the hotel sector: Creating an authentic work experience for workers with intellectual disabilities
Author(s) Meacham, H
Cavanagh, J
Bartram, T
Laing, J
Year 2019
Journal name Journal of Business Ethics
Volume number 155
Issue number 3
Start page 823
End page 835
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract The study examines the employment experience of workers with intellectual disability (WWID) in the hotel sector in Australia. Through a qualitative case study, we interviewed managers and WWID, and held focus groups with supervisors and colleagues at three hotels. We have used the theoretical framework of corporate social responsibility to investigate HR practices that create an ethical climate which promote authentic work experiences for WWID. The study found that participative work practices provide evidence of how WWID fit in at the workplace. When workers are confronted with work-related anxieties, the pragmatic nature of existential authenticity becomes a reality. Our findings reveal that managing workers ethically can lead to more authentic work experiences. In turn, this may promote social inclusion of WWID and improve their reported well-being.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) Authenticity
CSR
Ethics
Intellectual disability
Social inclusion
Well-being
Workers
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10551-017-3499-1
Copyright notice © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017
ISSN 0167-4544
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