Organizational interventions have been suggested to be important instruments in order to improve working conditions as well as employee health and well-being. Even though such studies are relevant the effects are difficult to measure (Nielsen, 2013; Nielsen & Abildgaard, 2013). There is an ongoing discussion on why it is difficult to measure and how to do it. One aspect of this is when the effects are prevalent. In the present study we focus on long-term effects of an intervention. The study is a survey-feedback intervention directed at managers in public sector authorities. The purpose of the intervention, which was a participatory intervention, was to improve organizational prerequisites for the managers in the study.
In a previous investigation of the effects of the intervention, the short-term effects where studied, implying mixed results. There was a tendency of a positive effect among those intervention organizations that also had a successful implementation process. On the other hand, in those organizations with an unsuccessful implementation process, the results came out negative. In the present study, the aim is to investigate long-term effects of the participatory intervention, regarding work conditions among public sector managers.
In this study 720 managers participated. There were six intervention organizations and 22 controls, located in seven local authorities in Western Sweden. Questionnaires were answered pre and post intervention (in 2009 and 2011). In addition, register data were used and interviews made, providing a multi-method approach. During the intervention year, process support was provided. The focus of the quantitative measures was to investigate if working conditions improved as a result of the intervention. Variables such as resource problems, conflicts of logics, illegitimate tasks, supporting structures, hindrance, managerial problems but also factors such as span of control, performance and perceived stress were measured. In the present study, a follow-up questionnaire will be answered by one of the intervention organizations. Results from this third questionnaire will be analyzed and presented.
Nottingham, UK: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology , 2014. 345- p.
11th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 14-16 April 2014.