Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 4, December

Additional Leave as the Determinant of Retirement Timing-Retaining Older Workers in Norway
Introduction and research questionMany European countries are facing a demographic change that makes increasing the labor supply of older workers an important goal. The effects of an aging population on the sustainability of the welfare state in general...
Boundary Management Preferences, Boundary Control, and Work-Life Balance among Full-Time Employed Professionals in Knowledge-Intensive, Flexible Work
IntroductionDuring the past decades, profound changes have taken place within working life, as global competition has increased along with the need to react quickly to changing markets. This has, in turn, set the trend for a new type of employee not...
Can High-Involvement Innovation Practices Improve Productivity and the Quality of Working-Life Simultaneously? Management and Employee Views on Comparison
IntroductionThe empirical study of the link between changes in workplace practices such as work, managerial, and organizational practices and their impact is a challenging task. The question has been explored by scholars in the field of organizational...
Challenges and Needs for Support in Managing Occupational Health and Safety from Managers' Viewpoints
Introduction1Occupational health and safety (OHS) research addresses the essential role played by managers in improving employee health and safety at work, because they plan and lead as well as manage the OHS of production (e.g., DeJoy et al. 2004; Flin...
Factoids of Working Life
Factoids are statements that are repeated so often that they appear as facts even though they are not. I don't know any field that is as full of factoids as working life. And-sadly-there are working life researchers contributing with factoids to what...
Gender and the Modern Organization, Ten Years After
IntroductionWhat are the long-term effects of "modern organizational models", such as Lean Production, on the possibilities to create effective and good work organizations for both women and men? What do these kinds of organizational changes mean for...
Hard Work in Soft Regulation: A Discussion of the Social Mechanisms in OHS Management Standards and Possible Dilemmas in the Regulation of Psychosocial Work Environment
Introduction"Standards quite often fall into the category of 'boring things' that fail to elicit much attention and scrutiny. Although standards are often formally (or legally) negotiated outcomes, they also have a way of sinking below the level of social...
How Do Restructuring Processes Influence Low- and Unskilled Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Workers and Their Managers in a Norwegian Hospital?
IntroductionA vast amount of international research has documented that workplace restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions can have undesirable effects on the psychosocial work environment, individual health, and sick leave listing (see reviews in,...
How Do We Understand Working Environment Policies, Programmes and Instruments?
How do different forms of regulation influence working environment and working life? How can centrally formulated programmes create changes at complex, often multi-layered local work places, and how can insights from work life studies shed light on the...
How to Sit on Two Sides of the Table? Swedish and Norwegian Unions' Approaches to Representative Worker Participation during the 20th Century
IntroductionLabor unions played a crucial role throughout the 20th century in all Scandinavian countries. They organized such large parts of the population that their impact on society, economy, and politics was immense, especially compared with other...
Increased Participation among Cleaners as a Strategy to Improve Quality and Occupational Health
IntroductionThe aim of this paper is to summarize and discuss the effects of an organizational change within a public cleaning division in a Swedish municipality. The effects have been evaluated from both an organizational and an individual perspective....
Introduction
In Jan Ch Karlsson's debate article in this issue he urges all of us to reveal "factoids". Factoids are statements that are repeated so often that they appear as facts even though they are not, and he provides us with some examples of common factoids...
Management and Employee Control in Current Industrial Work
IntroductionIn many jobs, established boundaries between various job functions and between management and employees are gradually eroded (Alvin 2008; Hirschhorn & Gilmore 1992; Holt et al. 2013; Hvid et al. 2008, 2010; Kamp et al. 2011; Lund 2007)....
Networks as a Policy Instrument for Smaller Companies
There is a growing focus upon the application of different policy instruments to improve health and safety, and how it is possible to evaluate their effect and their limitations (Hasle et al., 2014). The Invine Project (Limborg & Groen, 2014), which...
On Being at Work. the Social Construction of the Employee
Nancy Harding (2013): On Being At Work. The Social Construction of the Employee. Routledge: New York and LondonHarding's aim is to develop a 21st century theory of what it means to be at work. Using her own words this book is "located within a sociocultural...
Organizing Capacities and Union Priorities in the Hotel Sector in Oslo, Dublin, and Toronto
Organized labor and the challenge of hotel workplacesOrganizing capacities and union priorities are often associated with systems of industrial relations that vary across space and between national contexts (Thelen 2001). The Nordic model has been characterized...
Rationalities in Trade Union Practices: A Discourse Analytic Perspective on the Strategies of Three Danish Trade Unions for Professionals
IntroductionIn this paper, we wish to investigate the discursive practices of three academic trade unions in Denmark-The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), The Danish Association of Lawyers and Economists (DJØF), and The Danish Association of Masters...
The Six Dimensions of Child Welfare Employees' Occupational Well-Being
IntroductionDue to increasing sick leave and turnover rates, work-related well-being is a current topic in the social work profession, particularly in the fields of child welfare and child protection (e.g., Collins 2008; van Hook & Rothenberg 2009)....
Work. Polity, 2012
Steven Peter Vallas: Work. Polity, 2012In Polity's series of books on key concepts in social science, time has come to "work"- after for example issues as time, consumption, risk, gender, welfare, power, and culture. It is written by Steven Peter Vallas,...
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