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” … Nu orkar man köra på!”: Socialsekreterares reflektioner kring arbetstidsförkortning inom socialtjänsten
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“ ... Now you have the strength to go on!” : Social worker's reflections on worktime reduction in social services (English)
Abstract [sv]

Arbetstidsförkortning har på senare år provats inom socialtjänsten i ett flertal kommuner i syfte att motverka hög personalomsättning och stress. Uppsatsens syfte var att undersöka hur socialsekreterare reflekterar kring betydelsen av arbetstidsförkortning för deras upplevelse av arbetsmiljö och kvaliteten i klientarbetet. En fokusgruppsintervju genomfördes med fyra socialsekreterare. Av intervjun framgick att socialsekreterarna upplevde att arbetstidsförkortningen innebar att förutsättningarna för återhämtning ökade samtidigt som man mer sällan upplevde konflikter mellan familjeliv och arbetsliv. Socialsekreterarna beskrev också att de upplevde sig mer fysiskt och psykiskt närvarande samt att de hade mer ork för arbetet samtidigt som detta utfördes mer effektivt och flexibelt. Vidare upplevdes arbetsplatsen som tryggare eftersom personalomsättningen minskade. De nackdelar som beskrevs var att motsättningarna mellan enheterna inom socialtjänsten ökade samt att tillgängligheten för klienterna blev sämre. Avslutningsvis diskuteras frågan om arbetet som socialsekreterare i socialtjänsten är ett yrke där arbetstidsförkortning krävs för att personalen ska orka med en arbetsdag.

Abstract [en]

Working time reduction has in recent years been tested within the social services to counteract high staff turnover and stress. The purpose of this study was to investigate social workers’ reflections on the importance of working time reduction for their experience of the working environment and the client work. A focus group-interview was conducted with four social workers. The social workers expressed that the conditions for recovery increased, while at the same time experiencing less conflict between family and working life. The social workers also described that they felt more physically and mentally present, with more energy for their work. Furthermore, the workplace was perceived as safer as staff turnover decreased. The disadvantages described were that the contradictions between the units within the social services increased and that the accessibility for the clients decreased. Whether social workers is a profession where working hour’s reduction is required is discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
worktime reduction, social services, social workers, working climate, stress, client work
Keywords [sv]
arbetstidsförkortning, socialtjänst, socialsekreterare, arbetsklimat, stress, klientarbete
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30268DiVA, id: diva2:1331197
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Social work
Educational program
Social work
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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