Work life and identity

Tobias Dahl, Michelle Bordig, Josephine Midskov, Annemette Salting & Maria Munk

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project will try to highlight how the post-modern working conditions have influ-ence on an individual’s work life and identity. The work life in today’s society has a significant importance compared to the fact that it is no longer just a duty, where people would get motivated because of economic reasons. Today, the work each individual does illustrates who they are and who they want to be. In connection with the evolving work life, we deal with the post-modern working conditions – there are for example expectations for: flexibility, personal develop-ment and responsibility. These are all factors that we must acknowledge. This pro-ject focuses on social workers, people whose work is associated with being busy, having many cases and generally being under a lot of work pressure. In an investiga-tion on the matter we found that their work situation, in correlation with the post-modern working conditions, creates a big risk for them. The risk is that over a long period of time the work pressure can create a strain on their identity and personali-ty. In worst case scenario, the pressure can lead to psychological problems. This is strongly connected to the post-modern society’s expectations for an individual to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions – even though they work un-der unfair conditions and unreasonable requirements for efficiency.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereMagnus Dahl


  • Identity
  • Work life