When do health and well-being interventions work?:managerial commitment and context

Greasley, Kay and Edwards, Paul (2015) When do health and well-being interventions work?:managerial commitment and context. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36 (2). pp. 355-377. ISSN 0143-831X

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Abstract

Health and well-being interventions are increasingly assessed as complex processes rather than randomized controlled trials. In this study the health and wellbeing interventions refer to voluntary actions and are not in response to any regulatory requirement. This paper looks specifically at managerial commitment to these interventions and at the organisational context in which they occur. Ex-ante study predictions as to the effects of commitment in three organisations were made and then followed up. This commitment was positively associated with employee perceptions of health promotion campaigns. But broader impacts, such as commitment to the organisation and a sense of autonomy, were not evident. The explanation lies in wider features of the organisation of work: permanent constraints such as job design and shift systems ran against the aims of the health interventions. Relating well-intentioned interventions to such features of organisational life remains a challenge for many organisations.

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Economic and Industrial Democracy
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36 (2), 2015, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2015 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Economic and Industrial Democracy page: http://eid.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
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20 May 2016 10:04
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