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Like a fire brigade, but without pay - Experiences of temporary employment among workers in Swedish elderly care
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4364-467x
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7261-3496
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration. Department of Accounting and Control, Åbo Akademi University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9405-0521
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

This study investigates experiences of temporary work among care personnel in elderly care. Semi-structured interviews were performed with fifteen temporarily employed men and women working as care personnel in municipal nursing homes or home care and analyzed using a phenomenographic approach. The informants’ experiences of having a temporary employment were characterized by either a sense of flexibility or, more common, uncertainty, lack of control over life, time and economy, as well as difficulties associated with always being available. The informants’ experiences of working as a temporary employed were characterized by enjoyment of work and job satisfaction, differing experiences regarding the division of work and communication, but also being in an exposed position. The results presented reflect an experience of temporary employment as being in a vulnerable position. This vulnerability varies with resources and can take different forms.

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Taylor & Francis , 2022.
Keywords [en]
Temporary employment, elderly care, vulnerability, financial uncertainty, work environment
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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Health-Promoting Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-40303DiVA, id: diva2:1705590
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Flexible work & Opportunity and Challenge (FLOC), Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2019–01257Available from: 2022-10-24 Created: 2022-10-24 Last updated: 2024-01-29Bibliographically approved

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