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Reduced working hours and work-life balance
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Psykologiska institutionen, Stressforskningsinstitutet.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-8049-8504
2022 (Engelska)Ingår i: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 12, nr 4, s. 450-463Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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Little is known about how reduced working hours affects the work-life balance of staff in the Swedish social services, or their recovery off-work in terms of specific everyday choices. Staff at a Swedish social work agency participating in a longitudinal trial of work-time reduction in the public services were interviewed about their experiences of work and private life after their work hours were reduced (n = 12). All the interviewees described feeling more positive anticipatory emotions when going to work, several felt that their relationships with colleagues had improved, and most felt their relationships with clients had improved. Several worried less over work, and most perceived the risk for exhaustion syndrome to be lower. Most experienced more positive anticipatory emotions when returning home from work, most of those with children felt that their relationships with their children improved, and those with partners felt their romantic relationships also improved. Several devoted more time to parents and siblings. Most devoted more time to friendship, and all described having more time for recovery activities. Several worried less over their private life. A process that established and maintained a positive work-life balance is suggested by the interviews as a whole, related to increased control over private life, a larger capacity to meet private demands, improved recovery in terms of both quantity and quality, and having access to more sources of formal and informal social support. 

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2022. Vol. 12, nr 4, s. 450-463
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212509DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2020.1839784ISI: 001026167700005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85141051813OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-212509DiVA, id: diva2:1717370
Tillgänglig från: 2022-12-08 Skapad: 2022-12-08 Senast uppdaterad: 2024-06-11Bibliografiskt granskad

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