Working with chronic illness: the modes of working

Werth, Shalene (2014) Working with chronic illness: the modes of working. Labour and Industry, 24 (3). pp. 235-248. ISSN 1030-1763


The ways that individuals manage their behaviours in the workplace has received increasing amounts of attention since Hochschild’s initial work on emotional labour (1983). Since that time aesthetic labour has been explored (Warhurst et al. 2000) and varying forms of emotional labour or emotion work have been researched (Bolton & Boyd 2003). Progressing this area of research into the working circumstances of individuals with chronic illness has unearthed three new modes of working which are based on similar principles to emotion work and aesthetic labour. These are called adaptive work, asymptomatic work and symptomatic work. Working with chronic illness is a unique experience and requires the use of skills beyond those normally utilised in the deployment of emotion work or aesthetic labour. This paper will discuss adaptive work, asymptomatic work and symptomatic work and relate them to the workforce experiences of women with chronic illness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 06 Nov 2014. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2015 23:10
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic illness, health, adaptive work, asymptomatic work, symptomatic work
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10301763.2014.961682

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