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Steering wheels to make ends meet: understanding stressors and coping strategies among app-based taxi drivers in Tehran

Steering wheels to make ends meet: understanding stressors and coping strategies among app-based taxi drivers in Tehran
Steering wheels to make ends meet: understanding stressors and coping strategies among app-based taxi drivers in Tehran
Management scholars' understanding of occupational stress and coping is predominantly based on experiences of workers in standard employment relationships with organizations. Interviewing 64 app-based taxi drivers in Tehran, we examined stressors and coping strategies embedded in a growing occupational context—low-skilled app-based jobs—in an understudied non-Western developing Islamic country. Our findings revealed six stressors embedded in our participants' occupational and country contexts. The drivers coped with these stressors with six strategies that comprised (a) hiding their job, (b) adjusting at work, (c) rationalizing, (d) self-sacrificing, (e) trusting God, and (f) looking for another job. Our paper responds to the call for contextual and international perspectives in careers research, and informs career scholars and practitioners interested in examining and addressing the needs of similar groups of workers in similar occupational and country contexts.
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Beigi, Mina
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Nayyeri, Shahrzad
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Shirmohammadi, Melika
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Beigi, Mina
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Nayyeri, Shahrzad
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Shirmohammadi, Melika
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Beigi, Mina, Nayyeri, Shahrzad and Shirmohammadi, Melika (2022) Steering wheels to make ends meet: understanding stressors and coping strategies among app-based taxi drivers in Tehran. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 138, [103782].

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Management scholars' understanding of occupational stress and coping is predominantly based on experiences of workers in standard employment relationships with organizations. Interviewing 64 app-based taxi drivers in Tehran, we examined stressors and coping strategies embedded in a growing occupational context—low-skilled app-based jobs—in an understudied non-Western developing Islamic country. Our findings revealed six stressors embedded in our participants' occupational and country contexts. The drivers coped with these stressors with six strategies that comprised (a) hiding their job, (b) adjusting at work, (c) rationalizing, (d) self-sacrificing, (e) trusting God, and (f) looking for another job. Our paper responds to the call for contextual and international perspectives in careers research, and informs career scholars and practitioners interested in examining and addressing the needs of similar groups of workers in similar occupational and country contexts.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 August 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 August 2022
Published date: 16 September 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 470846
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470846
ISSN: 0001-8791
PURE UUID: 9899c848-f46c-458c-b97e-e22d5854239b
ORCID for Mina Beigi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4866-7205

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Date deposited: 20 Oct 2022 16:38
Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:49

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Author: Mina Beigi ORCID iD
Author: Shahrzad Nayyeri
Author: Melika Shirmohammadi

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