Occupational therapists' job satisfaction in a changing hospital organisation: A time-geography-based study
2014 (English)In: Work, ISSN 1051-9815, EISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 47, no 2, 159-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To investigate occupational therapists’ job satisfaction under a changing regime by using a timegeographicapproach focusing on the therapists’ everyday working lives.PARTICIPANTS: Nine occupational therapists at the Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte, Denmark.METHOD: A mixed-method design was employed. Occupational therapists kept time-geographic diaries, and the results fromthem were grounded for individual, semi-structured in-depth interviews. Individual reflections on everyday working life wererecorded. Transcribed statements from the interviews were analysed to determine factors influencing job satisfaction.RESULTS: The nine therapists kept diaries for one day a month for a total of 70 preselected days over a period of nine months;six participated in individual interviews. Four factors constraining OT job satisfaction were revealed. Economic concerns, newprofessional paradigms and methods in combination with a new organisational structure for the occupational therapy servicecaused uncertainty. In addition, decreasing possibilities for supervision by colleagues influenced job satisfaction. Opportunitiesfor experiencing autonomy in everyday working life were described as facilitators for job satisfaction.CONCLUSION: The time-geographic and interview methods were useful in focusing on the job satisfaction of occupationaltherapists, who provided individual interpretations of the balance between autonomy and three types of constraints in everydayworking life. The constraints related to organisation, power relations and – not least – how the organisational project of thedepartment fitted in with OTs’ individual projects. Matching of organisational and individual projects is of crucial importance,not only for OTs but for most workplaces where individuals are employed to serve patients in the healthcare sector.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2014. Vol. 47, no 2, 159-171 p.
authonomy, constraints, diary, everyday work life, time-geography
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90457DOI: 10.3233/WOR-121572ISI: 000332479000003PubMedID: 23324714OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90457DiVA: diva2:613413