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The relationship between psychosocial work factors, employee health and organisational production – a systematic review

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  • Lohela Karlsson, Malin

    () (Institute of Environmental Medicin, Karolinska Institutet)

  • Björklund, Christina

    () (Institute of Environmental Medicin, Karolinska Institutet)

  • Jensen, Irene

    () (Institute of Environmental Medicin, Karolinska Institutet)

Abstract

The aim of this systematic review is to establish the research evidence of the relationship between the psychosocial work environment and employee health and its impact on organisational production. Searches in several databases were performed in September 2009. Previously known studies were also included. A total of 17 studies were identified using these methods. Study quality was evaluated using the EPHPP quality assessment tool. We found limited evidence that psychosocial work factors and employee health are predictors of production loss. The evidence was clearest with regard to job strain and musculoskeletal pain. Although there was some evidence for the impact of psychosocial work factors and the health of employees on self-rated performance, there was no evidence for any specific factors or health problems. The research into how psychosocial work factors and employee health affect organisational production still suffers from the fact that there are only few and low-quality studies. Longitudinal studies that evaluate the factors that create healthy organisations are needed.

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  • Lohela Karlsson, Malin & Björklund, Christina & Jensen, Irene, 2012. "The relationship between psychosocial work factors, employee health and organisational production – a systematic review," Working Paper Series 2012:8, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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    1. Rego, Arménio & Cunha, Miguel Pina e, 2008. "Authentizotic climates and employee happiness: Pathways to individual performance?," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 61(7), pages 739-752, July.
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    Keywords

    Evidence-based; organisational production; psychosocial factors; working conditions; healthy organisations; healthy workplaces;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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