The social interaction of return-to-work explored from co-workers experinces.
2011 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 33, no 21-22, 1979-1989 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose The objective was to explore the role and contribution of co-workers in the return-to-work process. The social interaction of co-workers and supervisors are analysed within the framework of the Swedish national and local employer organisational return-to-work policies.
Methods An exploratory qualitative method was used, consisting of open-ended interviews with 33 workplace actors across seven work units. Organisational return-towork policies were collected from the three public sector employers.
Results Three key themes about the return-to-work process emerged during analysis: (1) policies and organizational structure for return to work do not take co-workers into account; (2) return-to-work social demands and expectations interact with broader social interaction and attitudes in the workgroup; (3) supervisory management of return to workis linked to workgroup communication and management.
Conclusion An examination of the role of co-workers suggests that the social location matters, and highlights how different return-to-work actors interpret the return-to-work situation differently. Employers and workplaces should consider re-integration of sicklisted workers in the light of workgroup social relations and acknowledge social interaction and the heterogeneous experiences of returning workers, supervisors and coworkers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare , 2011. Vol. 33, no 21-22, 1979-1989 p.
Return to work, Sweden, Co-workers, Social relations, Qualitative
National CategoryPublic Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57655DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2011.553708ISI: 000295340600006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-57655DiVA: diva2:327136
Funding agencies|Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR)|
|HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre, Linkoping University, Sweden||Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Canada||2010-06-282010-06-282013-09-03