Understanding the employees lived experiences of workspace: A phenomenological research

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Ph.D. Student in Public Administration, School of Management, University of Tehran, Iran

2 Prof., Public Administration, School of Management, University of Tehran, Iran

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to  understand  the employees lived experiences of workspace. Employees experiences refer to any perception, sense, understanding and interpreting of the workspace (physical, cultural and technological). Understanding the employees lived experiences plays a main role in aligning organizational efforts with employees values. We took up this study in order to expose the importance of employees experiences at workspace and shed light on previous studies that have been done on understanding humane lived experiences as well. The research focuses on two questions: what are the employees’ lived experiences? and how they interpret those experiences? We used the Dickelman’s phenomenological approach in this study. We interviewed 16 employees and middle managers who hold BA and BS degrees and worked at a telecom organization. Findings show that: employees experiences and interpretation at their workspace can be expressed in 6 main themes: “precaution”, “strait”, “inefficiency”, “belonging”, “discouragement” and “lagging behind of personal life”. These main themes included 22 subthemes which clarify and interpret the employees experiences in details.

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