In Difficult Times: Influences of Attitudes and Expectations on Training and Redeployment Opportunities in a Hospital Contraction Programme

15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2003

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Jeff Hyman

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Sandra Watson

Napier University at Edinburgh

Pauline Munro

Glasgow Caledonian University

Abstract

This article explores reasons behind the low take-up of training and redeployment opportunities in a three-year downsizing programme in a National Health Service (NHS) mental health hospital. It examines these from an interpretive paradigm, identifying social-psychological effects on barriers and motivation to training and redeployment. In reporting factors that inhibit the movement of staff from the hospital the findings indicate that the direction of even a well-planned and positively intentioned programme can be confounded by the responses of employees faced with an uncertain future. When drawing up restructuring programmes involving retraining and redeployment, managers need to take into account the anticipated profound reactions of those affected.

Suggested Citation

Hyman, Jeff and Watson, Sandra and Munro, Pauline, In Difficult Times: Influences of Attitudes and Expectations on Training and Redeployment Opportunities in a Hospital Contraction Programme. International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 6, pp. 183-197, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=330367

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Sandra Watson

Napier University at Edinburgh

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Pauline Munro

Glasgow Caledonian University

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