The City of Holbæk has implemented the concept of ’smoking-free working hours’, which prohibits employees of the City to smoke during the time spent at work regardless of whereabouts. This thesis investigates within social constructionism the implementation of ’smoking-free working hours’ in the City of Holbæk from a power and healthism perspective. Theoretically, it draws on ideas from the writings of Michel Foucault and Nikolas Rose. The following questions are raised in the thesis: What are the consequences of the implementation of ‘smoking-free working hours’ on the employees’ well-being in a Danish municipality and what paradoxes appears? The analytical approach is interactionistic on an individual as well as organisational level. The empirical methods are based on interviews with four smoking employees and a joint union delegate, interviews with representatives from Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Danish NGO within the field of cancer research and management) as well as an analysis of the City of Holbæk’s strategy for implementation of ‘smoking-free working hours’. The analysis shows a paradox between vision and goals in the City of Holbæk’s overarching health policy compared to the strategy concerning ‘smoking-free working hours’. The City’s health policy is focusing on improvement of employees well-being, whilst the new strategy is about prohibitions and imposes restrictions on the smoking employees' working hours. Kræftens Bekæmpelse, a consultant for the City of Holbæk, is a powerful actor during the implementation phase of ‘smoking-free working hours’. The consequences of ‘smoking-free working hours’ are shifts in break pattern and a change in inter-collegial relationships. Employees can be sanctioned by lay-offs in the event of rule violations and a potential for reporting on colleagues to the management has emerged. Further, as a reaction to the management’s increased control and monitoring, a sense of fundamental resistance has developed in some employees. We argue that employees’ perception of democracy as well as their general well-being is threatened by the implementation of ‘smoking-free working hours’. Finally, it is discussed whether the health discourse is legitimizing an erosion of the boundaries between private and professional life. In view of the conclusion of this thesis a potential future health discourse is discussed, and the question is raised, whether the boundaries to the private life sphere will be crossed in the name of praising health.
|Uddannelser||Master i Sundhedsfremme (MSF), (Masteruddannelse) Master|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 maj 2014|
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