I don’t have the time to do my job: Job demands and resources among Swedish public sector employees
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Working life is characterized by work intensification. This trend is evident also in the public sector where budget cuts result in an increased work load, reduced predictability about the future, work–life interference, and lack of opportunities for recovery. Many employees have to perform their work in conflict to their professional values, have insufficient resources to fulfill their tasks, and perceive a lack of managerial support. The aim of this paper is to investigate the relative importance of such job demands and resources for employee work attitudes, behavior, and well-being.
The data are being collected within an intervention project aimed at reducing job demands and increasing job resources. An on-line baseline questionnaire is currently being administered to all employees of a public sector welfare unit in Sweden.
Time 1 results investigating the relative importance of various job demands and resources will be presented.
The cross-sectional nature of the baseline data provides preliminary understanding of the importance of demands and resources for employee work attitudes and well-being. These data will subsequently be supplemented by follow-up data, also from a comparison organization, to investigate relations over time.
The paper has great opportunities of identifying important job demands and resources relevant for employee work attitudes, behavior and well-being, and reveal important avenues for management strategies aimed at balancing job demands with adequate resources.
The study adds to the literature by taking a broad perspective on job demands and resources in contemporary working life and by identifying important demands in service production.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
job demands, resources, Swedish public sector
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98745Local ID: P3106OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98745DiVA: diva2:685290
Paper presented on the 16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany.