Did the COVID-19 pandemic influence inequality in self-reported work environment conditions based on gender and place of birth? A study of a Swedish commercial laundromat.

Januario LB, Mathiassen SE, Bergström G, Jackson JA

Appl Ergon 114 (-) 104113 [2023-08-21; online 2023-08-21]

We evaluated differences in work environment conditions and health by gender and place of birth in a commercial laundromat prior to (baseline) and at the end of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (follow-up). Using survey data, including dimensions from the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire, from forty-one workers, we assessed work environment conditions and health at baseline, follow-up and in change scores between baseline and follow-up. At baseline, men and women reported similar scores, while foreign-born (FB) workers reported better work environment conditions than Swedish-born (SB) workers. During the pandemic, conditions generally declined for all workers, but FB reported smaller declines than SB. A consistent inequality hierarchy across the 4 groups was not clear at baseline, follow-up or in change scores between time points. The study suggests potential cultural differences may exist in how work environment conditions are experienced. This should be considered in future studies and when managing future crises.

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 37611535

DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2023.104113

Crossref 10.1016/j.apergo.2023.104113

pii: S0003-6870(23)00151-5

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