The Dilemma of Judging Unpaid Workers

Lynch, Samantha and Smith, Karen (2009) The Dilemma of Judging Unpaid Workers. Personnel Review, 39 (1). pp. 80-95. ISSN 0048-3486 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper seeks to provide an insight into the recruitment and selection of volunteers in the heritage sector, drawing comparisons between paid and unpaid workers to assess the implications of the findings for volunteer management. Design/methodology/approach - A multi-method research design was adopted involving qualitative interviews with managers and volunteers, in conjunction with a postal survey of volunteers across 12 study sites, which were all visitor attractions in the heritage sector. Findings - The findings show that the effectiveness of the recruitment and selection process can be undermined by a lack of formality and supporting resources. This raises questions about the effectiveness of human resource management for volunteers, both specifically in the heritage sector and in the wider context of volunteer management. Research limitations/implications - The research was of an exploratory nature and so further investigation is needed to consider the impact of these findings on the effectiveness of volunteer recruitment and selection across a range of sectors. Practical implications - The research highlights the existing practices in place for volunteer management in the heritage sector so raising issues for managers regarding the challenge of achieving a balance between formality and informality of human resource management practices. Originality/value - The research takes a micro-level approach to examining the recruitment and selection of volunteer workers. It provides a link in the literature between the management of volunteers and human resource management practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Recruitment; Selection; United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 13:14
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 09:30
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25426 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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