Work-life balane and well-being at work : An interview study based on individual and focus group interviews with production employees

University essay from Mälardalens universitet/Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd

Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to investigate how production employees at an industrial company in Sweden experience their work-life balance and to investigate work-related factors that may affect their work-life balance in the workplace. A qualitative method was used with semi-structured interviews to find out how production employees experience work-life balance. A total of 13 people participated in the interviews and a manifest content analysis was used for data analysis. In conclusion, production employees experience poorer work-life balance when production increases its rates as they often have to work overtime on weekends and receive information late about overtime work. The results indicate that participants experience a decrease in work-life balance when they do not have material to work with and hence are forced to become stagnant in production and experience uncertainty as to whether they will need to work overtime. When material enters employees feel that they need to work to catch up with what could not be produced, and become more stressed, which affects their well-being in the workplace. 

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