Wage Distress: Phenomenological Research on Employees

  • Dr. Joseph Walter Anthoney


Great effort has been invested in the areas of management, psychology and
especially in organizational behavior and human capital. It is very crucial for
management to look into the welfare and well-being of employees such as
focusing into the monetary and non-monetary rewards. Employee
satisfaction and organization reward system is seen as interrelated
components in an organization. Organizational rewards help organizations in
enhancing employee’s motivation, morale in leading to employee
satisfaction. Hermeneutical Phenomenological approach is used to unfold
and uncover the feeling of those involved in depth. Multiple participants
were interviewed one-on-one in their natural work setting to attain the
perspective of wage distress. Staffs from various ranks and industries were
interviewed face-to-face using digital video recordings. The major theme
emerged from the study, Wage Distress, I use this new term, as it explains
that an employee’s frustration on his/her career where this is no hope of
development. This research comes as an evident that employees claim wage
distress do exists in most working environment. Promotion is being blocked,
no salary increment and underpaid is experienced most of employees
resulting to wage distress. The researcher upholds the originality of this work
with full pride and honesty for current and future improvement and
development, paving the way for researchers to continue to fill in the
knowledge gap. This research contributes to guiding HRD practitioners to
encourage organizations to embrace and cultivate a holistic approach
towards management in fostering value in every employee’s perception.
Employee satisfaction, recognition, greater performance, and retention can
be achieved for organizations as a result of this.

How to Cite
ANTHONEY, Dr. Joseph Walter. Wage Distress: Phenomenological Research on Employees. Asian Institute of Knowledge Management, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 16, aug. 2017. ISSN 2289-6287. Available at: <http://www.asianikm.com/ejournal/index.php/aikm/article/view/22>. Date accessed: 07 july 2020.