Flexibility in the tourism sector: Do organisations and events need to be flexible in order to recruit and retain volunteers?

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Lockstone, Leonie, Smith, Karen and Baum, Tom (2007) Flexibility in the tourism sector: Do organisations and events need to be flexible in order to recruit and retain volunteers? Australian Journal on Volunteering, 12 (2). pp. 37-49. ISSN 1325-8362

Abstract

The concept of flexibility in the workplace has received widespread attention beyond its theoretical roots in manufacturing. It has been applied to the services sector, including tourism and hospitality; however, little work has investigated the transference of its basic tenets to volunteering. Research is lagging behind practice in contemporary volunteering as the value of flexible attitudes and flexible work options in terms of recruitment and retention outcomes is increasingly recognised. To address this gap, the current paper proposes a conceptual model that takes into account levels of reciprocal flexibility between host organisations and their volunteers, against the backdrop of volunteer supply. A comprehensive explanation of the literature supporting this model and its accompanying research questions serve as a way forward to determine whether all types of tourism organisations, offering a range of volunteering opportunities, need to be flexible in order to recruit and retain volunteers.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3330
Official URL http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=92959834...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Current > FOR Classification > 1599 Other Commerce Management, Tourism and Services
Keywords ResPubID13030, flexible work options, volunteering, recruitment and retention outcomes, reciprocal flexibility between host organisations and volunteers
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