The effect of dissolved workplace romances on the psychosocial functioning and productivity of involved employees

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dc.contributor.advisor Terblanche, Lourie
dc.contributor.postgraduate Verhoef, H.P. (Hendrika Petronella)
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-21T12:45:50Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-21T12:45:50Z
dc.date.created 2014-04-16
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.description Dissertation (MSW)--University of Pretoria, 2014. en_US
dc.description.abstract Workplace romances (WRs) have become a common occurrence and growing trend in today’s work-oriented culture. People are spending more time at work and in close proximity to their work colleagues which provides the ideal stage for romantic relationships to develop. Whilst on the one hand, WRs could have beneficial consequences for the individuals or organisations involved, they could also on the other hand be a problematic occurrence for some employers. The reason is that WRs have the risk of ending badly and that could open a field of possible complicated legal, emotional, ethical or productivity consequences. In the light of this problem, the general objective of this study is to explore the effects of dissolved romances on the psychosocial functioning and productivity of involved employees at an industrial clothing factory in Cape Town in 2012/13 and also to explore the consequent need for appropriate intervention through the existing employee assistance programmes (EAP). The study followed a qualitative research approach in that it covered detailed descriptions of involved employees’ experiences of their psychosocial functioning and productivity in the workplace amidst a relationship breakdown. A collective case study design was utilised because of its aims to understand a social issue, namely the breakdown of romantic relationships in the workplace, and studied the experiences and perceptions of a group of individuals affected by this phenomenon. The researcher conducted a word and concept analysis and an extensive literature study. This enabled the researcher to draw up a framework for the semi-structured interview schedule which was used to collect data. en_US
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dc.description.department Social Work and Criminology en_US
dc.description.librarian lmchunu2014 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Verhoef, HP 2014, The effect of dissolved workplace romances on the psychosocial functioning and productivity of involved employees, MSW dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/41502> en_US
dc.identifier.other F14/4/491/lm en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/41502
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en_US
dc.subject Employee assistance programmes en_US
dc.subject Workplace en_US
dc.subject Romance en_US
dc.subject Dissolved en_US
dc.subject Breakdown en_US
dc.subject Employees en_US
dc.subject Psycho-social en_US
dc.subject Benefits en_US
dc.subject Interventions en_US
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title The effect of dissolved workplace romances on the psychosocial functioning and productivity of involved employees en_US
dc.type Mini Dissertation en_US


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