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The Scientific World Journal - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 272347, 10 pages -

Research ArticleThe National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Lersø Parkallé 105, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 10 October 2014; Revised 10 May 2015; Accepted 13 May 2015

Academic Editor: Karin Proper

Copyright © 2015 Louise Hardman Smith et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Targeting occupational health and safety interventions to different groups of employees and sectors is important. The aim of this study was to explore the environment-intervention fit of a Danish psychosocial work environment intervention program for the residential and home care sector. Focus group interviews with employees and interviews with mangers were conducted at 12 selected workplaces and a questionnaire survey was conducted with managers at all 115 workplaces. The interventions enhanced the probability of employees experiencing more -good- work days, where they could make a difference to the lives of clients. The interventions may therefore be characterized as culturally compelling and having a good fit with the immediate work environment of employees. The interventions furthermore seemed to fit well with the wider organizational environment and with recent changes in the societal and economic context of workplaces. However, some workplaces had difficulties with involving all employees and adapting the interventions to the organization of work. The findings suggest that flexibility and a variety of strategies to involve all employees are important aspects, if interventions are to fit well with the care sector. The focus on employees’ conceptualization of a -good- work day may be useful for intervention research in other sectors.





Author: Louise Hardman Smith, Birgit Aust, and Mari-Ann Flyvholm

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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