Et arbejdsliv i bæredygtige rytmer

Kristina Carøe, Bettina Majland & Birgitte Sørensen

Student thesis: Termpaper


Abstract This project examines the characteristics of a time environment concept in an administrative department of a Danish ministry, in which we have previously worked. We have examined how the shape and character of the department findings over a period of eight months thus looking for answers to the importance of the time environment focused on employee well-being and possibilities and limitations of employee cooperation. Our main interest lies within whether and how professional literature on time sociological concepts can be applied practically in the department and whether the empirical material reveals increased stress among employees. We conducted our study based on a philosophical hermeneutic conceptual framework and methodology. Our main data collection has been done using multiple methodological approaches. We have used questionnaires, ethnographic fieldwork, follow-up questions and have made use of previously collected empirical data. We have framed our empirical findings into a in a theoretical and societal framework for the analysis. The main findings in the analysis is that the time environment in the department is generally characterized by high rate of work, many interruptions, unpredictability, variable work tasks and an increased need for cooperation and relational coordination across the department. Employees handle the time environment and the tasks they face quite efficiently. They thrive in their daily work and our study has shown, that this may be because, they are experiencing managerial and social support, feel well treated, and finally that they find their work meaningful and has a perception that they have the ability to influence their own working day. The skillset of the employees and their capabilities to solve the tasks at hand supports this as well. Furthermore the cooperation in the department is strong which leads to a satisfactory working environment. Finally, they work under the temporal clear limits without working at home, which also contributes to a high degree of satisfaction in their work. The analysis in the project uses theoretical contributions from, among others, Aaron Antonovsky, Jody Hoffer Gittell, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and a number of Danish and foreign professional researchers and timesociologists

EducationsWorking Life Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date20 Dec 2015
SupervisorsAske Thor Basselbjerg Christensen


  • Relationel koordinering, tidsmiljø, samarbejdskultur, Sense of Coherence, flow