An Empirical Study of the Unbounded Work at Denmark's Best Workplaces

Mia Østergaard Nielsen & Rasmus Pedersen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This purpose of this thesis is to investigate the unbounded work life of the Danish employee. The focal objective is to explore how the best workplaces, awarded by the organization Great Place To Work, understand this phenomenon. Incidentally what they do to act upon the negative aspects of the phenomenon and which common characteristics are present. The project undertook a multiple case study with a qualitative approach, in order to fill a gap in research of this subject, which the authors believe has high relevance to people working in the 21st century. 9 Interviews with Human Resource representatives from each company were consequently conducted and analysed using a framework from Anders Raastrup Kristensen’s book “Det Grænseløse Arbejdsliv – at lede selvledende medarbejdere”. The results of the empirical study indicated that all of the organizations experienced that their employees were subject to a boundless working life, and respectively they all had practices and policies to support their personnel in setting individual boundaries. The main approach to prevent and address the negative impact of the phenomenon was through clear communication and expectation between employees and managers as well as an open leadership style. Based on the analysis, the participants in the study had few problems with an unbounded life. Instead many of the employees experienced positive effects due to the unbounded work.

EducationsMSocSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages136