A leadership perspective on safety communication
2014 (English)In: Book of Proceedings, 11th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology: Looking at the past-planning for the future: Capitalizing on OHP multidisciplinarity / [ed] N.J.A. Andreou, A. Jain, D. Hollis, J. Hassard & K. Teoh, Nottingham, UK: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology , 2014, 172-173 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
In many of today's organizations, there is a growing concern regarding workplace safety. As a result of this, there is an increase in organizational activities aimed at enhancing the employees’ safety awareness’ and eliminating organizational factors that may lead to the employees being exposed to risks.Communication is considered a vital aspect of the functioning and success of an organization, and is potentially relevant even in a workplace safety context. However, there are gaps in research regarding the ways in which a leader’s communication with his or her subordinates could affect safety at the workplace. The question in the present study is how and in what way a leader’s communication with his or her subordinates (e.g. in the form of feedback, communication of safety values, and openness in dialogues) relate to safety issues such as perceived safety and safety behaviors. Questionnaire data was collected from a ward belonging to an emergency hospital operating in a rural area in Sweden. The data will be analyzed using structural equation modeling. The results will be described and discussed in terms of theoretical implications relating to the linkage between a leader’s communication with his or her subordinates and safety, as well as in terms of practical implications for policy-makers and managers. The paper highlights the importance of taking leadership communication into account in the pursuit of increasing workplace safety.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nottingham, UK: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology , 2014. 172-173 p.
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112305ISBN: 978-0-9928786-0-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112305DiVA: diva2:778781
11th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 14-16 April, 2014.