Working Conditions, Worker Rights, and Managerial Domination During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessing Their Toll on Precariously Employed Workers and Family Well-Being.

O'Campo P, Gunn V, Perri M, Buhariwala P, Rasoulain E, Daneshvardfard M, Ma RW, Lewchuck W, Baron S, Bodin T, Muntaner C

Int J Soc Determinants Health Health Serv - (-) 27551938241253789 [2024-05-30; online 2024-05-30]

Precarious Employment (PE) is characterized by job, income, and benefit insecurities. Studies surrounding PE and well-being have been predominantly quantitative, leaving a gap in rich descriptions of employment experiences. We recruited a sample of 40 adults aged 25-55 who were involved in PE during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic or lost employment due to the pandemic. Semi-structured interviews were administered. Employment and income insecurities were common and had negative impacts on the well-being of participants and their families. Uncertainty about future employment prospects and job and income loss resulted in chronic distress. Other insecurities-access to benefits, violation of worker rights, worker safety-was also reported as impacting well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic deepened insecurities, hardships, and distress among workers with PE conditions. Given the myriad insecurities experienced by those engaged in PE, the focus of precarious work research should also include working conditions, violation of worker rights, and managerial domination.

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Funder: Forte

Type: Journal article

PubMed 38813773

DOI 10.1177/27551938241253789

Crossref 10.1177/27551938241253789

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