An effect evaluation of the psychosocial work environment of a university unit after a successfully implemented employeeship program

Saksvik, P.O., Faergestad, M., Fossum, S., Indergård, Ø., Olaniyan, O.S. and Karanika-Murray, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4141-3747, 2018. An effect evaluation of the psychosocial work environment of a university unit after a successfully implemented employeeship program. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. ISSN 1753-8351

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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined whether a successful implementation of an intervention could result in an effect evaluated independently from a process evaluation. It achieved this by evaluating the effects of an intervention, the ‘employeeship program’, designed to strengthen the psychosocial work environment through raising employees’ awareness and competence in interpersonal relationships and increasing their responsibility for their everyday work and working environment.
Design/methodology/approach: An employeeship intervention program was developed to improve the psychosocial work environment through reducing conflict among employees and strengthening the social community, empowering leadership, and increasing trust in management. An earlier process evaluation of the program found that it had been implemented successfully. The present effect evaluation supplemented this by examining its effect on the psychosocial work environment using two waves of the organization’s internal survey and comparing changes in the intervention unit at two points and against the rest of the organization.
Findings: The intervention was effective in improving the psychosocial work environment through reducing conflicts among employees and strengthening the social community, empowering leadership, and increasing trust in management.
Research limitations/implications: More attention should be paid to developing and increasing positive while simultaneously reducing negative psychosocial experiences, as this employeeship intervention demonstrated.
Practical implications: An intervention focusing on employeeship is an effective way to achieve a healthier psychosocial work environment with demonstrable benefits for individuals and the working unit.
Originality/value: Although organizational-level interventions are complex processes, evaluations that focus on process and effect can offer insights into the workings of successful interventions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Creators: Saksvik, P.O., Faergestad, M., Fossum, S., Indergård, Ø., Olaniyan, O.S. and Karanika-Murray, M.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: February 2018
ISSN: 1753-8351
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/IJWHM-08-2017-0065DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Feb 2018 16:15
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 16:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32763

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