Can increased knowledge about work and health increase well-being?: An intervention study among social service employees
2013 (English)In: Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow?: Abstract proceedings of the 16th EAWOP Congress 2013 / [ed] G. Hertel, C. Binnewies, S. Krumm, H. Holling, & M. Kleinmann, 2013, 227-227 p.Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Purpose: Research has consistently documented a connection between working conditions and employee well-being. The literature emphasizes the importance of a balance at work – for instance, between demands and control, work and recovery, and effort and reward – for work attitudes and health. The purpose of this study is to investigate if increased knowledge through an intervention focusing on the connection between work environment and health has an effect on employees’ work climate and well-being. The intervention focuses on a variety of demands and resources at work, in addition to well-being.
Design/Methodology: The data is retrieved from an on-going intervention study conducted in the public sector. A total of 178 social service employees participated in a two wave electronic survey conducted before and after the intervention. The intervention was directed to management and employees and had a survey feedback design (4x3 hours during a nine week period). The questionnaire included measures of demands (e.g., workload), resources (e.g., autonomy), and well-being (e.g., quality in sleep.
Results: Preliminary analyses show that the mean levels of demands, resources and well-being generally remained stable over time. However, there was a decline in job satisfaction and social support over time.
Limitations: The preliminary results reported at the conference need to be supplemented by follow - up data from a comparison organization. The aim is to collect such data.
Research/Practical Implications: These results may be useful to organizations that need guidance in how to better integrate a positive work environment mindset into their organizations.
Originality/Value: There is room for more intervention - and longitudinal studies within occupational psychology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 227-227 p.
intervention, occupational health, well-being
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99313DiVA: diva2:686607
16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany