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Yulia Kostyleva1, Vladimir Serkin2
  • 1 Self-employed, Russian Federation, Smolensk region, Ershichsky district, Ershichi, st. Pine, 8
  • 2 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

The phenomenology of the script and delayed neurosis life of line managers (in Russian)

2022. Vol. 12. No. 1. P. 201–227 [issue contents]
Today, millions of people work in the position of a “line manager”. However, despite the prevalence of the problem indicated in the title of the article, organizational and business psychologists pay insufficient attention to it, which is due to the lack of both a description of the problem itself and methods of working with it. Purpose. The purpose of the study is to obtain the highest quality nonstandardized material for the phenomenological description, analysis and construction of a generalized model of the postponed life scenario for line managers. To organize and conduct an empirical study, the following main research questions were formulated: 1) what is the content of the postponed life scenario for line managers? 2) how does the phenomenology of the postponed life scenario manifest itself in line managers? Method. The semi-structured interview method was chosen to collect primaryempirical material. The interview plan included 36 questions grouped into seven blocks. The design questions were based on earlier research by the authors. The collected material was subjected to categorical analysis and comprehension in accordance with the principles of the “grounded theory” approach. The final study involved four women and six men (line managers who report only to direct performers). Respondents are over 28 years old due to work experience. The online interview lasted an average of 60 minutes. Findings. The working conditions of line managers, requiring them to constantly and simultaneously solve many heterogeneous tasks (from providing tools, transmitting and monitoring the implementation of orders to replacing a sick or simply absent employee), accustomthem to a constant state of increased anxiety to monitor the ever-changing work subject (part of reality). As a result, many line managers are constantly overworking and postponing other (non-work) vital issues — personal, family, career, and more. In their dreams, most line managers leave this job (preparatory life), accumulate enough money, buy a house with a plot, live a calm, secure and decent “real” life. The value of the results. In addition to the undoubted scientific novelty and relevance of the new description, the study has a practical applied aspect, since when such specialists or their family members seek psychological help, it is necessary to orientate both in the reasons for the frequent neglect of solving current problems, and in the final versions of the proposed scenario for the future “real life”.

Citation: Kostyleva Yu., Serkin V. (2022) Fenomenologiya stsenariya i nevroza otlozhennoy zhizni u lineynykh menedzherov [The phenomenology of the script and delayed neurosis life of line managers]. Organizacionnaâ psihologiâ (Organizational Psychology), vol. 12, no 1, pp. 201-227 (in Russian)
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