Working Lives During the Pandemic. Qualitative Evidence on Coping among Young and Older Workers in Poland
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SWPS University
Submission date: 2022-05-31
Acceptance date: 2023-01-16
Publication date: 2023-06-26
Polish Sociological Review 2023;222(2):211–230
This study offers a sociological contribution to the literature on coping strategies on the labor market, with an explicit emphasis on the crisis context and the resulting job insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic has narrowed employment opportunities and worsened working conditions for many individuals who, in response, needed to cope with the unfolding changes. Based on a qualitative dataset comprising 70 in-depth interviews collected in 2021 in Poland, this paper sheds light on the two main types of coping strategies, namely emotional and problem-solving coping. Juxtaposing coping strategies with age, we discuss how younger and older workers in Poland handle work uncertainty. The paper contributes new data on coping strategies in the context of work-lives and offers evidence on the coping processes emerging in response to the pandemic.
This work is supported by National Science Center Poland under the grant number 2020/37/B/HS6/01685.