UNDERVALUED AT WORK-PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH
This qualitative study looks at employees’ experiences associated with them being undervalued at work. A limited amount of literature was identified in exploring the feeling of employees being undervalued. The aim of this qualitative research is to understand the phenomenon causing employees to feel undervalued at work. The Hermeneutical Phenomenological approach is used to unfold and uncover the deep meaning structures by employees who experience being undervalued in their daily work. Multiple participants were interviewed face-to-face in their natural settings to attain their perspectives on being undervalued at the workplace. The staff from various ranks and industries were interviewed face-to-face using digital video recordings. The major theme emerged from the study, “Boreout”, which includes “lack of meaningful work”, “boredom”, and “lack of challenge” indicating employees being undervalued were revealed. This research begins to unfold many events in developing training and development approaches as it contributes to an authentic appreciation of human resource development, and creates a real meaning, a sense of belonging, a deeper sense of collaboration and partnership with their organizations. 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.
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