COURSE: Industry Relations Foundations. In the article by John Budd called “Conc
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COURSE: Industry Relations Foundations.
In the article by John Budd called “Conceptualizing Work and Worker Well Being”, the author provides a broad-sweeping review of how work may be defined and/or conceptualized in alternative ways. He argues that there are at least 10 important and distinct conceptualizations of work. These conceptualizations may affect our understanding, analysis, and study of work-related phenomenon, whether consciously or not.
You are required to write a 750 word (approx.) discussion of the work context outlined below. A selection of on-line news reports and comments on this work context is also provided below, and you may feel that some additional research about this matter may also be helpful.
Your objective is to explain how the various alternative conceptualizations of work may help improve our understanding of, or provide further insight into, this particular work context and the debate surrounding it. You are required to explicitly discuss at least 3 of the conceptualizations outlined by Budd. You are required to upload an electronic copy (preferably in Word file) to the D2L Turnitin Dropbox on the course website by 8 am, Feb 11, 2021.
Consider the work of grocery store employees in Canada during the current COVID 19 pandemic. Beginning early in the pandemic, the operation of grocery stores and therefore the work of these employees, was declared “essential” in many jurisdictions across Canada, including Ontario. Soon after, many employers in this industry began to pay their employees a higher level of pay, often termed “pandemic pay” or “hero pay”. However, during the summer of 2020, most retail grocery companies in Canada eliminated this “hero pay” for their employees. Despite the resurgence of the pandemic beginning in the Fall, most employers in this sector have not reinstated the payment of “hero pay.” Most recently, while “stay-at-home” orders and/or ‘lockdowns’ continue to be in place and/or have been intensified in many jurisdictions, including Ontario, retail grocery store employees continue to be declared “essential,” while most employees continue to work.
Links to some media coverage relating to the above work context and some related disputes: