Pilot Data Collection and Analysis of Workload Research Paper by AussieGenius

Looks at the steps taken as part of a pilot data collection and analysis social research project about the relationship of work stress and long term benefits.
# 150390 | 4,375 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | IL
Published on Feb 09, 2012 in Business (Human Resources) , Research Designs (General)

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This report relates the steps and results of an exploratory study social research project, which asked the question: "Will a significant short-term increase in work-related stress and workload affect the subjects' attitude to accepting change in the workplace when there are long term benefits to be enjoyed?" Next, the author reviews the sampling, data collection, survey questionnaires, data analysis and limits and constraints of this research. The paper concludes that, although more research is required, this pilot research suggests that employees are likely to support the short-term inconvenience of increased work-hours in order to reap long term benefits. Several tables and appendices are included in this paper.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Conducting Data Collection
Survey Questionnaires
Focus Groups
Data Analysis
Limitations and Constraints
Findings and Implications of Study
Appendix A - Survey Questionnaire
Appendix B - Interview Questions
Appendix C - Focus Group Themes

From the Paper:

"From analysing the responses to the survey question regarding employees' perceptions of whether their weekly workload would increase in the next 3 months and the question regarding whether they see the load window proposal as being beneficial to them over the next 3 years, it seems apparent in retrospect that employees may have had different understandings of the question. The question did not specifically focus on the type of benefit being asked about and it is possible that employees interpreted the question more openly than intended. The intention was to probe the participants' feelings regarding whether their overall workload would decrease together with a decrease in weekly work hours as a result of the implementation of the load window. However it seems possible and justifiable taking into consideration the wording of the question, that some employees understood the question to relate to whether the load window project would be beneficial to their professional standing in the organisation in more general terms. Those employees who are expected to work on this important project may have felt that they stood to gain benefits in terms of prestige and recognition and this may have skewed the answers to this question."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boeree, C.G. 1998, Qualitative Methods Workbook Part Four, Shippensburg University, viewed 4 July 2011, http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/qualmethfour.html
  • Dick, B. 1998, Convergent interviewing: a technique for qualitative data collection, viewed 6 July 2011, http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arp/iview.html
  • Gibbs, A. 1997, Social Research Update 19: Focus Groups, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, viewed 6 July 2011, http://sru.soc.surrey.ac.uk/SRU19.html
  • Johnson, B & Christensen, L 2004, Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches, SAGE Publications, California, USA
  • Laframboise, D, Nelson, R.L. & Schmaltz, J 2002, Managing resistance to change in workplace accommodation projects, Journal of Facilities Management vol. 1, no. 4, pp 306-321, viewed 11 June 2011, http://www.occupier.org/uploads/articles/article14.pdf

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