Mening i arbejdet: I virksomheden Cat House

Steffanie Buggild, Cecilie Andsager Halberg, Sol Mette Jensen & Samara Maya Fog

Student thesis: Basic Project


This paper examines, through a qualitative study, how four employees at Cat House’s headquarters (anonymized), verbalize their work conditions. The goal is to expose how these individuals subjectively construct meaning in occupational work in today’s modern society, under what seems to be, boundaryless conditions. In addition, the purpose of this research is to catch a glimpse of how the conditions of boundaryless work influences individuals in an everyday life. The paper establishes its theoretical ground on Kamp’s article ‘Mening i arbejdet - for lidt, for meget, til forhandling?’ (2011), which is a significant work that encompasses the topic of this project. In the project we work with the understanding of 'meaning' as constituted by; work/life balance, time perspectives, values, motivation and both psychical and psychological work environment. Additional theory was used to unveil the various factors, as stated above, which contribute to the subjective shaping of meaning in work-related contexts. Through the qualitative method, in the form of four semi-structured interviews, the reader gains access to the subjects’ world of existence. In order to deduce how the employees create meaning in their work, we have developed a thematic analysis of our collected empirical data, based on the theoretical frame of reference. In the analysis, we aim to depict all contributing factors of how the employees verbalize their way of creating meaning as well as describe their work conditions. Furthermore, the paper condenses the analyses results with theoretical documentation, based on Kamp's (2011) three perspectives on creating meaning; a management perspective, critical perspective and transformative perspective. These three perspectives assist the examination on how they each in particular create meaning in their work under the conditions of boundaryless circumstances. It is concluded, that the paper illustrates how the four selected individuals create meaning in their work through the following terms; work/life balance, time perspectives, values, motivation and work environment – all despite one suited the description of either the critical perspective or the transformative perspective. Finally, the paper exposes tendencies of how individuals create meaning in their work, however, without generalizing that it applies to everyone working under the boundaryless terms of modern day society.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date28 May 2018
Number of pages56
SupervisorsJørgen Rafn