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Aronsson, G., Nylén, E. C., Ishäll, L., Lindfors, P. & Sverke, M. (2019). The long arm of the job – work characteristics and recovery windows in social welfare work. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 12(1), 15-27
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, E-ISSN 1753-836X, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 15-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Social welfare work contains elements that may be difficult for employees to put out of their minds when the working day ends, which may affect the recovery. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the length of recovery in relation to different work characteristics and to two types of welfare work.

Design/methodology/approach: All 1,365 employees, excluding managers, of two municipality administrations were invited to a survey study. Of these, 673 (49 percent) responded. After adjusting for partial missing, the effective sample included 580 employees (43 percent). Retrospective ratings of four recovery windows were analyzed: recovery after one night’s sleep, weekends, shorter holidays and vacations.

Findings: Employees with a university education were less recovered than those with a shorter education. For those with a university education, the long arm of the job mainly involved failures regarding qualitative job demands (task difficulty). For those with a shorter education, quantitative job demands (too much to do) were most prominent for their prolonged recovery. Feedback from managers had consistent and positive associations with all four recovery windows among employees with a university education, but not among those with a shorter education for whom instead having too much to do and social support had significant spillover effects.

Originality/value: The identified differences may relate to employees with a university education having more problem-solving tasks, which may result in a higher need of work-related feedback but also in difficulties detaching from work. Thus, education and job characteristics have differential associations with self-rated recovery. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
Health promotion, Occupational health and safety, Recovery, Stress, Welfare work, Workplace health, article, employee, executive function test, human, human experiment, job characteristics, night, occupational health, sleep, social support, social welfare, workplace
National Category
Occupational Therapy
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42407 (URN)10.1108/IJWHM-11-2017-0089 (DOI)000456683400002 ()2-s2.0-85058172856 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-02 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2019-02-20Bibliographically approved
Nylén, E. C., Lindfors, P., Ishäll, L., Göransson, S., Aronsson, G., Kylin, C. & Sverke, M. (2017). A pilot-study of a worksite based participatory intervention program: Its acceptability and short-term effects on work climate and attitudes in human service employees. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 56(4), 625-636
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2017 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 56, no 4, p. 625-636Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors, including job demands and poor resources, have been linked to stress, health problems, and negative job attitudes. However, worksite based interventions and programs targeting psychosocial factors may change employees' perceptions of their work climate and work attitudes.

OBJECTIVE: This pilot study describes a newly developed worksite based participatory organizational intervention program that was tested in the social service sector. It is evaluated using participants' perceptions of the intervention to investigate its acceptability as a feature of feasibility and its short-term effects on work climate factors (job demands and resources) and work-related attitudes.

METHODS: Forty employees of a Swedish social service unit provided self-reports before, during, and after the intervention.

RESULTS: As for effects, quantitative role overload and social support decreased while turnover intention increased. Responses to an open-ended question showed that participants considered the intervention program valuable for addressing issues relating to the psychosocial work climate.

CONCLUSIONS: Although the findings are preliminary, it was possible to carry out this worksite based participatory organizational program in this particular setting. Also, the preliminary findings underscore the challenges associated with designing and implementing this type of intervention program, thus adding to the methodological discussion on implementation and evaluation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2017
Job demands, job resources, prevention, psychosocial factors
National Category
Work Sciences
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38138 (URN)10.3233/WOR-172522 (DOI)000400594700014 ()28339420 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85018997190 (Scopus ID)HLKLivslångtIS (Local ID)HLKLivslångtIS (Archive number)HLKLivslångtIS (OAI)
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved
Aronsson, G., Ishäll, L., Göransson, S., Lindfors, P., Nylén, E. C. & Sverke, M. (2015). Arbetsuppdrag och återhämtning i välfärdstjänstearbete. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, 21(2), 7-25
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2015 (Swedish)In: Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, ISSN 1400-9692, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 7-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln beskriver ett uppdragsperspektiv på arbete, det vill säga en fokusering på hur ett arbetsuppdrag formas och är sammansatt med avseende på resurser och krav med betydelse för att kunna genomföra uppdraget på ett bra sätt. I studien undersöks hur förutsättningarna för att utföra arbetet, i termer av arbetskrav och resurser i arbetet, hänger samman med återhämtning inom välfärdstjänstearbete i två kommuner. Uppdragsförutsättningarna har ett relativt högt förklaringsvärde gentemot återhämtning men de ingående variablerna bidrar i olika grad.

arbetsmiljö, arbetsklimat, återhämtning
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38276 (URN)

Projektet har finansierats av AFA-försäkring (dnr 090325) och genom ett anslag från FAS/Forte till Stockholm Stress Center (dnr 2009-1758).

Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved

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