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Employer event communication and hospitality workers’ resilience during the COVID-19 crisis: the role of core beliefs examination and family support

Luu Trong Tuan (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Hospitality is one of the industries severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital to comprehend how to help the workforce in this service sector grow resilient through such a crisis. This paper aims to unpack the role of employer event communication in promoting hotel workers’ resilience.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were garnered from 462 hotel workers who were on unpaid leave or layoff during the hotel shutdown.

Findings

The results unfolded the positive link between employer event communication and hotel workers’ resilience, for which core beliefs examination served as a mediation mechanism. Family support was found to moderate the effect of employer event communication on core beliefs examination.

Practical implications

The findings indicate to hospitality organizations that in face of a crisis such as the COVID-19, their employee resilience can be activated if they implement event communication activities. They should further realize that their support should go hand in hand with family support in fueling employee resilience from the crisis.

Originality/value

This study advances the understanding of how and when to promote resilience among hotel workers during a pandemic crisis.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of Interest: Authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Citation

Tuan, L.T. (2021), "Employer event communication and hospitality workers’ resilience during the COVID-19 crisis: the role of core beliefs examination and family support", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 1593-1619. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-08-2020-0877

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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