OCCUPATIONAL WEBSITES AS LOCATIONS FOR REMOTE AND MOBILE WORKER CULTURE: AN EXAMINATION OF TEMPORARY WORKER WEBSITES

Authors

  • Loril M. Gossett

    1. Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Science
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Abstract

This article examines the instrumental role that websites play in developing and sustaining a work-related culture for remote and mobile employees that often find themselves working alone or without coworkers from their parent company. More specifically, this article focuses on temporary worker websites, such as http://www.notmydesk.com and http://www.Temp24-7.com, to illustrate how these on-line communities foster a distinctive occupational community for temporary workers. Specific stories, postings, and other information contained on these sites reveals the lived experiences of temporary workers. The author's personal experiences in the industry, combined with examples taken from specific temporary worker websites, illustrate how the remote and mobile nature of this occupation impacts workers both on and off the job.

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