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Health-oriented work design interventions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background/Aim: Current crisis of Western economies (e.g., growth, acceleration, work intensification) is reflected at an individual level in increasing health problems of work-forces (e.g., musculoskeletal problems, depression). In order to protect and improve work ability and health in organizations intervention strategies should reach beyond individual improvement of health behaviors and resilience and need to take into account more sustainable approaches of work design. We aim to advance knowledge and good practice of healthoriented work design interventions in different organizational contexts. All presented intervention studies are grounded in work psychological theories and concepts. Moreover, the evaluation designs are longitudinal and include intervention as well as control groups. All evaluations are based on well-established measures to assess psychosocial work characteristics as well as employee health.

Content/Context: This symposium brings together applied interdisciplinary research of five institutions concerned with occupational health issues (I/O psychology, occupational and psychosomatic medicine) from three countries (Austria, Germany, Sweden). The research groups each have a long tradition in intervention research in different occupational settings. Six papers are proposed for presentations. Implications for research and practice: All presentations in this symposium will

- provide evidence for changes in psychosocial work characteristics and employee health due to work design interventions

- offer insights into intervention topics and processes in practice

- discuss challenges, benefits and obstacles of health-oriented work design interventions.

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International Congress of Applied Psychology , 2014.
Keyword [en]
interventions, interdisciplinary, occupational health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113806OAI: diva2:787741
ICAP 2014. From Crisis to Sustainable Well-Being. International Congress of Applied Psychology, July 8-13, 2014, Paris, France.
Available from: 2015-02-11 Created: 2015-02-11 Last updated: 2015-08-13

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