Student Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program of Study

Communication - Corporate Communication




This study defines hustle culture as an unspoken agreement between supervisors and employees concerning a designated workplace commitment compliance, which determines the minimum expectation of an employee's productivity capability. As such, this research paper aims to explore hustle culture within the workforce and how employee engagement, or lack of, affects the quality of professional relationships within the workplace. By doing so, we can begin a broader discourse on employee and managerial accountability in the relational aspect of supervisor-employee relationships and work dyads. With current changes to employment opportunities, such as the sudden influx of remote corporate workers resulting from COVID-19, it is essential to revisit aspects that constitute healthy and sustainable work expectations in the digital age in fear of missing out on career opportunities given increasing global connectivity.



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