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Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
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ISSN (Print) 2245-0157 - ISSN (Online) 2245-0157
Published by VIA University College, Denmark Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Introduction to NJWLS 2023-4

    • Authors: Anders Buch
      Abstract: This final 2023 issue of Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies comprises five research articles from researchers in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
      PubDate: 2023-12-01
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.142125
  • Addressing Online Harassment in Swedish Journalism: An Institutional
           Perspective on Management

    • Authors: Oscar Björkenfeldt
      Abstract: This study scrutinizes Swedish news organizations’ strategies to navigate the psychosocial impli- cations of online harassment toward journalists, drawing from interviews with 14 media managers across local and national media outlets. Employing institutional theory, the findings highlight managerial prioritization of physical safety, while concurrently undervaluing the mental strain induced by subtle online harassment, viewed as an occupational hazard intrinsic to the profession. Consequently, their comprehension of work environment responsibilities is shaped through their cognitive assimilation, influenced by their sociocultural environment and industry affiliation, which precludes them from recognizing online harassment as an organizational challenge. This, in turn, hinders a systematic and reflexive approach toward managing the multifaceted manifestations of online harassment. The significance of the study transcends merely identifying barriers, offering insights into the underlying institutional structures and practices that perpetuate them. These insights are pivotal for devising strategies that mitigate the detrimental impacts of online harass- ment in journalism.
      PubDate: 2023-11-15
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.141842
  • The Corona Pandemic and Working Life: Findings from a Longitudinal Danish

    • Authors: Thomas Bredgaard
      Abstract: There have probably not been any greater disruptions in working life since the Second World War than those experienced during the corona pandemic. This article examines how different occupational groups experienced the changes in their work life during the different phases of thecorona pandemic. The study contributes to the growing literature on how the Nordic labor markets managed the corona pandemic and what we can learn from experiences to improve working life in the future.
      The data material consists of longitudinal interviews with representatives of five occupational groups in different work life situations four times during the pandemic. Across the interviews, we find that the corona pandemic reinforced three incremental trends in working life: (1) the workplace as an important social arena, (2) reflections on work life balance, and (3) the potentials of homework and online meetings.
      PubDate: 2023-06-30
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.138568
  • Help and Care to Older Parents in the Digital Society

    • Authors: Heidi Gautun, Christopher Bratt
      Abstract: This study examines the extent and predictors of employees’ help and care to their old parents
      and aims to contribute to policy development enabling employees to combine full-time work
      and caregiving to parents. Analyzing responses from 3332 Norwegian employees aged between
      45 and 67 years with at least one living parent, we identified frequencies of different help and
      care types and tested competing predictors. Assistance with digital technology was frequent, and
      various types of practical support were common, but personal care provision was rare. Parents’
      health and parents living alone were substantial predictors. Public home care services seemed
      insufficient and were associated with employees providing more help and care. The findings
      emphasize the family as a comprehensive care provider when the welfare state falls short. The
      study concludes that adult children play a critical role in helping older people cope with limited
      public services and challenges posed by the digital society.
      PubDate: 2023-05-26
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.137453
  • Ethnic Diversity and Firm Performance in Norway

    • Authors: Janis Umblijs, Ida Drange, Julia Orupabo
      Abstract: Ethnic diversity has received increased research attention in Nordic countries; however, only a few
      studies have looked at it from the perspective of firms. In this study, we analyze whether changes
      in ethnic diversity among staff and in management affect firm performance. We also test whether
      productivity gains from diversity are due to immigrants being hired in low-paying jobs by analyzing
      how the association between diversity and productivity is affected by immigrants’ positions in firms’
      wage distributions. Our results suggest a positive relationship between changes in ethnic diversity
      within firms and firm productivity. The association strengthens if firms have more diversity in management and immigrants higher up in their wage distribution. This suggests that our results are not driven by firms that hire immigrants in low-paying positions. Possible mechanisms to increase firm productivity through ethnic diversity include wider recruitment and activation of diversified human
      capital and more inclusive firm policies.
      PubDate: 2023-05-09
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.137274
  • The Association Between Part-time Employment and Social Assistance
           Recipiency in Norway

    • Authors: Bård Smedsvik
      Abstract: This article argues that part-time employment has several features of precarity tied to both institutional and individual factors. The consequences can be increased inequality, insecurity, and instability. It studies the relationship between part-time employment for individuals with weak labor market attachment, with periods of social assistance reception in Norway. The article used Norwegian register data to analyze this relationship. Findings show that individuals with a low employment percentage have significantly longer social assistance recipiency compared to those who work full-time, prior to social assistance reception. The empirical evidence supports an individual risk from part-time employment in this group, as well as the claim that non-standard employment is associated with increased vulnerability for individuals with weak labor market attachment. The findings relate to theoretical framework regarding the precarity and mechanisms of the labor market on several aspects, especially how institutional and individual elements link part-time employment to economic and social insecurity.
      PubDate: 2023-03-11
      DOI: 10.18291/njwls.136462
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