Potential long term effects of call centre workplaces on rural economies
by Jennifer Adelstein
International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management (IJHRDM), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2000

Abstract: Call centre location studies indicate that establishing call centres in regional centres can solve the high unemployment of rural areas and revitalize the economies of country towns. However, research also shows that the stress experienced by call centre staff results in a ''churn and burn'' mentality to employment, with staff dissatisfaction and high turnover. This article assesses the extent to which call centres represent one potential of the ''post-industrial'' and ''information society'' theses. It looks at the issues prevalent in Australian call centre workplaces and postulates their longer term effects on regional economies in Australia and elsewhere.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-Aug-2003

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