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Innovative work practices and sickness absence: what does a nationally representative employee survey tell?

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  • Petri Böckerman
  • Edvard Johansson
  • Antti Kauhanen

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This article examines the effect of innovative work practices on the prevalence of sickness absence and accidents at work. We focus on the "bundles" of workplace innovations that consist of self-managed teams, information sharing, employer-provided training, and incentive pay. We use nationally representative individual-level data from the Finnish Quality of Work Life Survey from 2008. The findings point to the conclusion that high-performance workplace system has little impact on the overall health of employees. Copyright 2012 The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Associazione ICC. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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  • Petri Böckerman & Edvard Johansson & Antti Kauhanen, 2012. "Innovative work practices and sickness absence: what does a nationally representative employee survey tell?," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 21(3), pages 587-613, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:21:y:2012:i:3:p:587-613
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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy

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