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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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  • Böckerman, Petri & Johansson, Edvard & Kauhanen, Antti, 2009. "Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?," Discussion Papers 1199, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
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    Keywords

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

    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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