Perceptions of the work environment among people with experience of long term sick leave
2010 (English)In: WORK-A JOURNAL OF PREVENTION ASSESSMENT and REHABILITATION, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 35, no 2, 125-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: The aims were to describe and analyze how people with experience of long term sick leave perceive that factors in their work environment support or interfere with work performance, satisfaction, and well-being. Method: The 53 participants were interviewed with the Work Environment Impact Scale (WEIS). The WEIS ratings and belonging notes were analyzed by descriptive statistics and qualitative analysis respectively. Differences in WEIS ratings between; women and men; participants with somatic and mental diseases; and participants working and on full-time sick leave were tested. Results: The most supportive factors concerned social interactions at work, and the value and meaning of work. The factors perceived as most interfering concerned work demands and rewards. The social relations at work were perceived as more supportive by the working group than by those on full-time sick leave. The participants with somatic diseases perceived physical work factors as more interfering than did participants with mental diseases, who in turn perceived the value and meaning of work as more interfering. Conclusion: Knowledge about the interaction between the worker and the work environment could reveal useful information about the complex phenomenon of reducing sick leave. The WEIS seems useful in providing information about how alterations and accommodations in the work environment could support individual workers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 35, no 2, 125-136 p.
Psychosocial, assessment, WEIS, well-being, RTW, occupational therapy
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54491DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2010-0964ISI: 000275284100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54491DiVA: diva2:304609
Elin Ekbladh, Lars-Håkan Thorell and Lena Haglund, Perceptions of the work environment among people with experience of long term sick leave, 2010, WORK-A JOURNAL OF PREVENTION ASSESSMENT and REHABILITATION, (35), 2, 125-136.
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