Stuck in the middle: The emotional labours of case managers in the personal injury compensation system

Sharon Newnam, Alan Petersen, Helen Keleher, Alex Collie, Adam Vogel, Roderick McClure

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BACKGROUND: Case managers within injury compensation systems are confronted with various emotional demands. OBJECTIVE: Employing the concept of emotional labour, this paper explores distinctive aspects of these demands. METHODS: The findings are drawn from focus groups with 21 Australian case managers. RESULTS: Case managers work was characterised by extra-role commitments, emotional control, stress and balancing tensions arising from differing stakeholder expectations about outcomes related to compensation and return to work. CONCLUSIONS: By examining the experiences of case managers, the findings add to the literature on the emotional labour of front line service workers, especially with respect to the demands involved in managing the conflicting demands of work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-357
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2016


  • case managers
  • compensation industry
  • Emotional labour

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