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Nakertaako työn intensiivisyyden lisääntyminen työssä suoriutumista ja työn merkityksellisyyttä? : Vertaileva tutkimus eri ammattialoilla (2019)
Do intensified job demands harm job performance and meaningfulness at work? : Comparative study across occupational group

Mauno, S., Minkkinen, J., & Auvinen, E. (2019). Nakertaako työn intensiivisyyden lisääntyminen työssä suoriutumista ja työn merkityksellisyyttä? : Vertaileva tutkimus eri ammattialoilla. Hallinnon tutkimus, 38(4), 271-288. https://doi.org/10.37450/ht.98052

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All authors or editors: Mauno, Saija; Minkkinen, Jaana; Auvinen, Elina

Journal or series: Hallinnon tutkimus

ISSN: 0359-6680

eISSN: 2343-4309

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 38

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 271-288

Publisher: Hallinnon tutkimuksen seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37450/ht.98052

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Technological acceleration is one of the major trends in contemporary working life affecting employees and careers enormously. One consequence is work intensification referring to intensified working pace and multitasking requirements, intensified planning- and decision-making demands in relation to job and career, and intensified work-related learning demands. Here, these demands are conceptualized and measured via intensified job demands (IJDs). This study examined (1) different facets of IJDs by comparing occupational groups in Finland and (2) the relationships between IJDs and job performance and meaning of work. Study was based on survey data collected in 2018 (N = 4583) among teaching, service and industry workers. The results showed that IJDs were more prevalent among knowledge (teachers, other white-collars) than among industry or service workers. Among all workers, intensified working pace and multitasking requirements related to poorer job performance, whereas intensified work-related learning demands associated with improved meaning of work. Moderately high learning demands were optimal for experiencing one’s work as meaningful, whereas very high or low learning demands implicated a decrease in these experiences (except among teachers). In order to improve job performance and meaningfulness at work, organizations should diminish excessive working pace and multitasking requirements. Moreover, organizations should provide learning demands for workers but also look after that such demands do not pile up.

Keywords: occupational psychology; work burden; demands; work engagement; meaning (importance); meaningfulness

Free keywords: intensified job demands; job performance; meaning of work; technological acceleration

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Reporting Year: 2020

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