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A pilot-study of a worksite based participatory intervention program: Its acceptability and short-term effects on work climate and attitudes in human service employees
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, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
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2017 (English)In: Work, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 56, no 4, 625-636 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors, including job demands and poor resources, have been linked to stress, health problems, and negative job attitudes. However, worksite based interventions and programs targeting psychosocial factors may change employees’ perceptions of their work climate and work attitudes.

OBJECTIVE: This pilot study describes a newly developed worksite based participatory organizational intervention program that was tested in the social service sector. It is evaluated using participants’ perceptions of the intervention to investigate its acceptability as a feature of feasibility and its short-term effects on work climate factors (job demands and resources) and work-related attitudes.

METHODS: Forty employees of a Swedish social service unit provided self-reports before, during, and after the intervention.

RESULTS: As for effects, quantitative role overload and social support decreased while turnover intention increased. Responses to an open-ended question showed that participants considered the intervention program valuable for addressing issues relating to the psychosocial work climate.

CONCLUSIONS: Although the findings are preliminary, it was possible to carry out this worksite based participatory organizational program in this particular setting. Also, the preliminary findings underscore the challenges associated with designing and implementing this type of intervention program, thus adding to the methodological discussion on implementation and evaluation.

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IOS Press, 2017. Vol. 56, no 4, 625-636 p.
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job demands, job resources, psychosocial factors, prevention
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143091DOI: 10.3233/WOR-172522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143091DiVA: diva2:1094959
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The study makes use of data from the project The manager, the mission and the work environment: Interventions for improving workplaces and organizations which is supported by a grant from AFA Insurance (Ref. No. 090325) to Prof. Magnus Sverke. Thanks to all who volunteered participation and to those who helped out implementing and carrying out the intervention. This research was carried out within the Stockholm Stress Center, a center of excellence supported by funding from the Swedish Research Council for Health,Working Life and Welfare (FORTE).

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