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Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?

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  • Böckerman, Petri
  • Johansson, Edvard
  • Kauhanen, Antti

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The paper examines the effect of innovative work practices on the prevalence of sickness absence and accidents at work. We focus on several different aspects of workplace innovations (self-managed teams, information sharing, employer-provided training and incentive pay) along with the “bundles” of those practices. We use nationally representative individual level data from the Finnish Quality of Work Life Survey from 2008. Using single equation models, we find that innovative work practices increase short-term sickness absence for blue-collar and lower white-collar employees. In two-equation models that treat innovative workplace practices as endogenous variables we do not find relationship between innovative work practices and sickness absence or accidents at work.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1199.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1199

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Keywords: innovative work practices; workplace innovation; sickness absence; accidents;

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  1. Dr Alex Bryson, 2011. "Does High Involvement Management Improve Worker Wellbeing?," NIESR Discussion Papers 3045, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  2. Maëlezig Bigi & Nathalie Greenan & Sylvie Hamon-Cholet & Joseph Lanfranchi, 2012. "Changements organisationnels et évolution du vécu au travail : une comparaison entre secteur privé et fonction publique d'Etat," Post-Print hal-00710213, HAL.
  3. Maëlezig Bigi & Nathalie Greenan & Sylvie Hamon-Cholet & Joseph Lanfranchi, 2012. "Changements organisationnels et évolution du vécu au travail des salariés : une comparaison entre secteur privé et Fonction publique d'Etat," Working Papers halshs-00979650, HAL.

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