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Workplace-based prevention and rehabilitation programs in Swedish public human service organisations
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5935-5688
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Disability Mangement Research, ISSN 1833-8550, E-ISSN 1834-4887, Vol. 9, p. 1-1Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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Background: This presentation focuses on results from studies concerning workplace health and rehabilitationinterventions in one Swedish rural municipality including 19 workplaces with a population of 311 individuals.The municipality has implemented a model for human resource accounting, an extensive leader and co-worker development program and specific workplace based health and rehabilitation measures. Methods: The studies compare co-workers and leaders self-ratings of health and psychosocial working conditions,and investigate how workplace health and rehabilitation programs affect these ratings by analysing quantitativeresults before, during and after carried out interventions. Qualitative data collection consisted of semi-structuredinterviews with middle managers and an examination of documents reviewing content of the interventions thathad been carried out. Findings: Results indicate differences concerning how the leaders and the co-workers judge their health andpsychosocial working conditions. When comparing mean changes in scores on indexes by individuals grouped inthe high quality workplace-based program group with individuals grouped in the low quality workplace-basedprogram group, there were more positive mean changes for the former group. Discussion: The findings of differences concerning how public sector leaders and co-workers judge their healthand psychosocial working conditions give support for different job characteristics for these two categories ofemployees. The rather strong relationships in the assumed direction between employees’ assessment of changesin health, and changes concerning stress and psychosocial working conditions that resulted are in line with otherresearch studies. Comparing workplaces grouped as having high quality workplace-based programs with workplaces with low quality workplace-based programs indicates that workplace-based prevention and rehabilitation programsin public human service organizations using a broad change strategy with high levels of participation from bothmanagers and co-workers, and developed leadership behaviour are more effective in improving employee health and psychosocial working conditions.

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2014. Vol. 9, p. 1-1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23856DOI: 10.1017/idm.2014.16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23856DiVA, id: diva2:772729
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Abstracts of the International Forum on Disability Management Conference, 17–19 November 2014, Melbourne
Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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