När arbetet följer med hem: arbetstagares relation till bärbar teknologi som arbetsredskap
Sammanfattning: The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine employees’ relationship to information and communication technology used as working equipment, while away from the workplace. Being explorative the aim was to generate hypotheses for future search. The study was carried out with a phenomenological approach putting the employees’ experiences within their unique context in focus. The homogenous sample consisted of six participants employed at a staffing and recruitment company in southern Sweden. Semi-structured interviews were held following an interview schedule and the transcribed interview data was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The outcome of the analysis was five main themes: “Instrument to cope with responsibility and expectations”, “Flexibility”, “Curbing availability”, “Cause for unhealthy mental job presence” and “Unintentional behaviour”. These themes with constituent sub-themes are discussed in relation to prior theories and research. The themes are interpreted as an answer to the research question with both negative and positive aspects. Each theme is considered a possible hypothesis för future research. Methodological suggestions for future research are also provided.
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