Interactional organisation of break-taking activities and social support in a changing workplace environment
The Break Project
Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Eudaimonia
The project investigates break-taking at the workplace and its significance as a site for social support between workers. The project uncovers the kinds of interaction and social activity that workers engage in both while moving between work tasks and breaks and while on a break. The project further identifies the vocal and embodied social actions through which workers give and receive colleague support and display solidarity towards each other. The project uses the methods of conversation analysis to examine video recordings of interactions at the workplace, focusing on the practices and resources that workers employ to accomplish their break-taking activities and transitions around them as well as to establish and maintain intersubjectivity and social relationships. The collection of ethnographic materials further allows for the analysis of the workers’ own perceptions about the organisational climate at their workplace and the break-taking culture in general.