Multitasking and innovation in virtual teams

  • Villagran M
  • Canzona M
  • Ledford C
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Abstract

People generally possess a strong desire to construct positive, dignified work identities. However, this goal may be more challenging for some people, such as blue-collar workers, whose occupations may not offer qualities typically associated with workplace dignity. Interviews with 37 people from a blue- collar mining community reveal three central identity discourses about work- place dignity: All jobs are important and valuable; dignity is located in the quality of the job performed; and dignity emerges from the way people treat and are treated by others. Participants communicated these themes by back- grounding their own occupations and drawing comparisons between two outgroups, low-status, low-paid dirty workers and high-prestige, white-collar professionals. Implications for understanding how identity work is negotiated and for managing a blue-collar workforce are explained.

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Authors

  • Melinda Villagran

  • Mollie Rose Canzona

  • Christy J.W. Ledford

  • Jeffrey W. Treem

  • Karen Sobel Lojeski

  • Richard R. Reilly

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