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Leadership and integration of immigrant workers in elderly in Sweden: Initiating a discussion from a communication perspective
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (DEMICOM)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4271-4231
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article proposes to study the constructions and perceptions of leader and immigrant employees in three nursing home units in a municipality in Sweden. The results draw from the analyses of 18 interviews designed to understand from a communication perspective what are the factors facilitating or hindering the integration of non-Swedish born workforce in the elderly care. Although leadership is a well-researched subject, studies considering leadership and communication dynamics of immigrants in workplaces are fairly rare in Sweden.

Workplaces, and specially workgroups, are arenas for the negotiation and recreation/reshaping of identities (Schnurr & Zayts, 2012; Valenta, 2009), communication with and from the ’leader’ – the position known today for personifying leadership as whole (Ford, Harding, & Learmonth, 2008) – and its impact on other relationships and on individuals’ integration in the workplace. Leadership affects employees’ satisfaction and willingness to stay in a workplace. This is not different among groups with diversity. The inclusion patterns that leaders create through their relationships can be decisive for a lower staff turnover (Nishii, Mayer, David & Kozlowski, 2009).  In addition, there is  a strong expectation that the leader treats everyone fair in an environment with diversity. Research shows that ”justice” is a central element to fulfilled expectations and personal results in a workplace with cultural diversity for (Cross & Tuner, 2013).

The findings showed good leadership is perceived when leaders work as a bridge to facilitate rela- tionships, are supportive and emphatic them of participating. Employees feel integrated when they assume independent control of the work activities without asking for assistance from Swede employ- ees. There are several factors influencing inclusion and integration in the workplaces. These factors are: relationship with colleagues that are as important as with the leaders, a leader who promotes relationships, organizational conditions that create space and time for learning and socialization, and social conditions, for instance, possibilities of creating social networks outside the work.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
immigrants in workplaces, leadership, communication, integration, inclusion
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32399OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32399DiVA: diva2:1164541
Conference
24th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference, 23-25 November, 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland
Available from: 2017-12-11 Created: 2017-12-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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