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Sustainable Recruitment: Individual Characteristics and Psychosocial Working Conditions Among Swedish Police Officers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 3-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Selection research has typically focused on how to identify suitable candidates, while less is known regarding the long-term effects of various selection factors once the suitable candidates have start-ed working. The overall aim of this study was to examine the relative importance of selection fac-tors (measured during recruitment), and psychosocial working conditions (once candidates started working) for four outcomes, namely (1) job satisfaction, (2) organizational citizenship behavior, (3) occupational retention, and (4) health. Data came from a longitudinal study of newly hired police officers in Sweden (N = 508), including recruitment data and a follow-up after 3.5 years. Results of hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed that psychosocial working conditions were more important than selection factors in predicting the four outcomes. The findings suggest that employers, to ensure sustainability, need to focus on activities that facilitate newcomers’ enter-ing in the organization and their professions by providing a sound work climate.

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2018. Vol. 8, no 4, p. 3-24
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health outcomes, individual characteristics, police, recruitment, selection, sustainability, work demands, work socialization
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163941DOI: 10.18291/njwls.v8i4.111926ISI: 000455504900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163941DiVA, id: diva2:1277353
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-02-04Bibliographically approved

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