Psychosocial work environment and mental wellbeing of food delivery platform workers in Helsinki, Finland: A qualitative study

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Abstract

Purpose: Food delivery platform work is a relatively new phenomenon in Finland and has not been studied widely hence limited knowledge on its work environment. The aim of this study was to explore and understand its psychosocial work environment in the Helsinki region and how it relates to the mental wellbeing of its couriers. Methods: The study draws its findings from 20 semi-structured, in-depth interviews with food delivery platform workers in Helsinki. Data were approached through thematic analysis where the six phases of thematic analysis were meticulously followed. Results: Food delivery platform work provided couriers with income and labour market opportunities. However, its work environment was psychosocially burdening, which posed detrimental challenges to the mental wellbeing of its couriers. Conclusion: Study findings indicated that food delivery platform workers worked in an onerous work environment, which accentuated their occupational mental health. Thus, this study recommends future longitudinal research that would examine the association between food delivery platform work and mental health of couriers working through such platforms. Also, interventions and policies that aim at improving its psychosocial work environment are required for a more decent and healthier work environment that enhances mental health and wellbeing of its couriers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2173336
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Food courier
  • Gig work
  • Mental health
  • Platform work
  • Psychosocial work environment
  • Wellbeing

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Gerontology
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy

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