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Health promoting working life? Work-related factors predicting well-being
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)In: The XIIIth European Conference of Work and Organizational Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, May 9-12, 2007., 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The transition of working life to a service orientation has been accompanied by a change in the nature of work tasks. Employees clearly specified products as the goal of their performance to a lesser degree than earlier, rather they are often given autonomy to determine when a work task is completed, and if it is done well enough. At the same time as these changes have taken place, work related ill-health has been increasing. Stress due to too work overload, and too complicated tasks, seems to be on the rise. However, not all employees report stress symptoms. Instead of focusing on the problems in working life, research attention has to be directed at what facilitates employee health and positive attitudes. This will facilitate increasing positive aspects of the work situation, and be used to improve working conditions. The knowledge of what factors promote health and positive attitudes at work will help organizations develop a beneficial environment for their employees, rather than having to focus on preventing negative consequence of harmful working conditions. The objective of this paper is to identify factors in contemporary working life that are related to well-being in the workplace. Using questionnaire data collected among employees in the Swedish service sector, the paper identified important factor for work related health such as clear work goals, well-specified tasks, the ability to determine when a task is completed, as well as good communication with, and support from the supervisor. These factors are all amenable to change in an organization, and the knowledge can be use to develop a health promoting working life.

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2007.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22428OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-22428DiVA: diva2:188955
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The XIIIth European Conference of Work and Organizational Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, May 9-12, 2007.
Note
Ingår i Book of AbstractsAvailable from: 2007-12-20 Created: 2007-12-20 Last updated: 2011-07-06Bibliographically approved

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