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Brandmäns arbetsmotivation: utifrån ett riskperspektiv
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Firefighters’ work motivation : a risk perspective (English)
Abstract [sv]

Att arbeta som brandman innebär risker som brännskador samt att drabbas av posttraumatiskt stressyndrom och cancer. Detta är bara ett fåtal risker som de kan utsättas för och därför var syftet med denna kvalitativa studie att undersöka vad som motiverar brandmän trots de risker som råder inom yrket. Svaret fann vi genom att intervjua sex stycken manliga brandmän i åldrarna 25-60 år. De var från två stationer inom Västsverige och hade varit verksamma inom yrket i 3-27 år. Intervjufrågorna utgick från vår egenkonstruerade intervjuguide och materialet analyserade vi genom tematisk analys. Utifrån detta utkristalliserades fyra teman; meningsfullt arbete, övningar och gemenskap, säkerhet och spänning - mer motiverande än lön, vilka genererar slutsatsen av det som motiverar brandmännen. Datainsamlingen utgick från en induktiv ansats, vilket medförde att vi kopplade dessa teman till befintliga motivationsteorier och tidigare forskning. Resultatet visade att brandmännen motiveras av att arbetet upplevs som meningsfullt för att de gör en god insats för andra människor. Insatserna upplevs som spännande och det råder en god gemenskap mellan kollegorna, vilket också var betydelsefulla aspekter. Det finns en stor medvetenhet om de risker som råder inom yrket, men brandmännen är ändå motiverade att utföra sina arbetsuppgifter för att de upplever att de kan påverka sin egen säkerhet. Studien visade dock att det finns ett orosmoln över insatsarbeten vid trafikolyckor och i år har redan tre brandmän förolyckats. Studien lägger inget fokus på detta, men det diskuteras som förslag på framtida forskning.

Abstract [en]

Working as a firefighter involves risks such as burns and increased risk of post-traumatic stress and cancer. This is only a few risks that the firefighters can be exposed to. Considering this, the purpose of this qualitative research study was to investigate what motivates firefighters despite the fact of the risks. We got the answer by interviewing six firemen which was between 27 and 60 years old. They were from two stations located in the western part of Sweden and they had been working between 3 to 27 years. The questions were based on our own interview guide and we analyzed our material through thematic analysis. Four themes were crystallized; meaningful work, exercises and community, safety and stress - more motivating than salary. The collection of data was based on an inductive approach and because of that we connected these themes to already existing motivation theories and previous research. The results showed that firefighters were motivated to perform work assignments that have a meaningful purpose and to do some good work for other people. The tasks were perceived as exciting and there is also a good friendship between colleagues, both important aspects. There is a high awareness of the risks that the work may bring, but it does not prevent the firefighters from performing their duties because they feel they can control their own safety. Though, the research study showed that there is a source of concern about traffic accidents and the fact that three colleagues lost their lives already this year. This is not in focus in our study, but we provide this as a suggestion for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
Firefighters, motivation, risks, meaningful work, community, power, security, exercises
Keyword [sv]
Brandmän, motivation, risker, meningsfullt arbete, gemenskap, spänning, säkerhet, övningar
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9600Local ID: EXM500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9600DiVA: diva2:949846
Subject / course
Psychology
Educational program
Personalvetarprogrammet
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Available from: 2016-08-02 Created: 2016-07-25 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved

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