DBS Business Review Journal - Vol 3, (2019)

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    Editorial
    (DBS Library Press, 2019) Prentice, Garry
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    An investigation into the transferable skills of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) in the defence forces of Ireland (Army only) on retirement
    (DBS Library Press, 2019) Whelan, Ray; Feeney, Sharon
    The Irish Defence Forces currently employs approximately 8,750 personnel, with some 7,300 employed in the army. Approximately 3,139 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) have changed career paths into civilian roles between the years 2000-2015. Many of these individuals found the transition from a military career to a civilian career challenging, despite having obtained some useful transferable skills. One of the most pertinent challenges has been the lack of any appreciation by employers of the range of transferrable skills that were gained by NCOs during their military careers. This paper aims to identify what transferable skills contribute to the transition from a military career to a civilian career from the perspective of a small sample of former army NCOs. The methodology consists of a qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with key personnel who previously served in the Irish Defence Forces. The findings indicate that the range of transferable skills gained in a military career have important and timely relevance to careers in a civilian context. Recommendations are proposed in relation to how the Defence Forces might assist retiring personnel to target civilian employers and jobs.
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    The management and administrative practices resulting in the exit of nurses from the Irish healthcare system – a review
    (DBS Library Press, 2019) Jilani, Syed A
    The exit of nurses from the Irish healthcare system is a growing concern especially coupled with the ageing population of Ireland. The article explores the many reasons nurses are leaving the country: mainly the disrespect by management, unfair compensation and the shortage of staff leading to professionals being overworked and eventually experiencing burnout. For many professionals, it has become an issue of their own physical and mental well-being. There are a few recommendations discussed to solve the issue of nurses, which includes a strong push to change perspectives of management and a change of policy by the government. These include retraining healthcare management, an emphasis on hiring and retaining nurses by increasing incentives and making the workload easier to carry.
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    Employees with Asperger’s syndrome and their experiences within the work environment
    (DBS Library Press, 2019) Julian, Anna; Barron, Ronda
    This qualitative study gathered experiences of employees with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) within their workplaces. Data were collected by conducting six semi-structured interviews: three face-to-face, one by phone and two by Skype with audio only. A thematic analysis with an inductive approach was applied. Four main themes with multiple sub-themes emerged: Competence and Work Performance; Self-improvement and Career Progression; Supportive Work Environment; and AS in the Workplace. Findings revealed that these employees were team-oriented, productive and highly skilled professionals with a strong work ethic. Furthermore, their diagnoses did not hinder fulfilling careers. They emphasised knowledge sharing and factual communication while cooperating with their work colleagues. However, decoding workplace politics presented a major hurdle to their job satisfaction. Also, the traditional hiring process, as well as bright fluorescent overhead lights and noisy surroundings (for example canteens, office spaces) were sources of distraction and distress. Therefore, the essential role of HR would be to re-visit and adjust the interview process. Whereas managers should, perhaps, reflect on their leadership and communication styles, show some recognition for their employees’ quality-consciousness and become advocates of a more inclusive culture. Finally, enabling career-progression and providing sufficient learning opportunities for these employees should also be prioritised by managers.
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    Work-life balance versus work-life merge: a comparative and thematic analysis of workplace well-being
    (DBS Library Press, 2019) Sharkey, Jennifer; Caska, Barbara
    The aim of this mixed-methods research study was to test the traditional concept of work-life balance, which suggests workers can experience better well-being by being able to psychologically switch on and off. Participants were 133 full-time workers, split into two groups according to where their job was performed strictly at their place of business, or from a combination of workplace and home. Each participant completed quantitative online surveys that measured their perceived stress, life satisfaction and job satisfaction. Results indicated participants who worked from a combination of the workplace and home had significantly greater job and life satisfaction levels than their workplace-based counterparts. However, no significant difference was found between the two groups on perceived stress. Participants also answered qualitative questions about how their job impacted their personal life, how their job might be changed to improve personal time, and what motivated them to work. A strong emergent theme centred around time. Many complained of long working hours, giving them very little time to spend with family, friends or on personal pursuits. For some, stress and worry about their jobs bled into their home life, culminating in moodiness and difficulty in psychologically switching off. Whilst others were happy with the balance between their working and private lives, many wished for fewer and more flexible working hours. Conclusions drawn suggest there is real merit in offering flexible constructs to today’s workers in order to harvest better psychological well-being in the workplace.