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“Well it is for their sake we are here”: meaningful work tasks from care workers' view
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
2017 (English)In: Working with Older People, ISSN 1366-3666Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose – Employees in elderly care have a high rate of sick leave. One explanation is that employees that experience a low level of meaning of work are at a higher risk for long-term sick leave. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach – This qualitative interview study aims to examine what employees in residential care facilities experience as the meaningful aspects of their work tasks. Interviews with 14 persons employed in residential care facilities were conducted.

Findings – The findings show that meaningful work tasks are about organizing the work to make use of the creativity and knowledge of the staff in order to support relations with older people.

Originality/value – The knowledge about what constitutes a healthy work environment is not as comprehensive as it is about what constitutes health risks. Furthermore, these issues have been considered by only a few qualitative studies about social care in the field of sick leave. Therefore, this qualitative interview study examines what employees in residential care facilities experience as meaningful aspects of their work tasks.

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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. , 2017.
Keyword [en]
Care worker, Meaning, Qualitative, Residential care, Social care practice, Sustainability, clinical article, creativity, employee, female, health hazard, human, interview, male, medical leave, qualitative research, social care, work environment, worker
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25736DOI: 10.1108/WWOP-09-2017-0024Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034965149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-25736DiVA: diva2:1163107
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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