Characteristics of social relationships, organisational prerequisites and significance for the individual in contemporary working life

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Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2006
End date: 31/12/2008
Funding: 3850000 SEK


Work organisations occupy a central arena where social changes at the macro level are manifested in everyday relationships among people. The effects of changes in working life on individuals are mediated by interactions in their workplace relationships. Changing forms of organisation and more flexible forms of employment are creating workplaces based less on stable, clearly defined relationships than has previously been the case. Social relationships, at the same time, are receiving increasing focus in the organisation and management of employees, in the form of their relationships to management, fellow team members, and clients.Our general aim is to seek knowledge concerning the significance of these social relationships with respect to men's and women's job performances, their health and their enthusiasm for work, in various industries in contemporary working life.The aim of the project is to describe (a) those circumstances and forms of social relationships which favour both organisations and their employees, and (b) those which have negative effects. The project, a continuation of five ongoing or recently concluded studies, will use existing data in quantitative and qualitative analyses. Changes in and the significance of social relationships in the quantitative material will be studied by combined analyses of multiple materials. The form and content of these relationships will be studied using the qualitative material. Many questions in the investigation address structural differences having to do with gender segregation in the labour market. Thus, we are particularly interested in the significance of social relationships for individuals who face different conditions in the labour market (in terms of class, education and gender).The findings are expected to have practical applications for managers, employees, organisation consultants and occupational healthcare providers at the levels and contexts at which the knowledge can best be implemented.

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