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New deamnds and challenges in salaried employees’ work situation.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: The 7th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology: Dublin, Ireland, November 8-10, 2006., 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the importance of these new potential stressors above and beyond more traditional role characteristics, for employee well-being and motivation. More specifically, the purpose of this study is to investigate the relative importance of demographics, role characteristics, and work stressors related to the new working life for salaried employees’ experiences of health and motivation.

The empirical data for this study was collected by means of a questionnaire administered salaried employees working in administrative and teaching jobs in the service-sector in Sweden. Out of a total of 1178 questionnaires 836 were returned to the research team (71%). The respondents’ mean age was 50 years (SD = 10) with an average tenure of 17 years (SD = 13), and 74 percent of the sample was female.

Preliminary results indicate that stressors related to vaguely defined tasks and unclear work goals are important contributions to the salaried employees’ perceived health and well-being above and beyond more traditional role stressors like role overload, role ambiguity and role conflict. Similar results were also obtained for work attitudes and motivation. These results are in line with the notion that greater demands on employees to be independent and effective, along with increased autonomy, may result in a generally more demanding work situation if the work tasks and their goals are vaguely defined and blurred in terms of the output or results.

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2006.
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new demands, challenges, work stress
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-21306DiVA: diva2:187832
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07Bibliographically approved

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