GodA - Test of a model linking the work environment, employee well-being and corporate development.
"Promoting factors" at work are supposed to promote both the individual's physical and mental health and the company's competitiveness and profitability, thus providing "healthy workplaces".
Which factors act health promoting, as well as how an organization can work to promote the health of the employees while ensuring a commercially sound business, is still in its infancy.
The GodA-study aims to test whether a development project organized by the so-called PATH model (Grawitch et al., 2006) results in increased employee well-being and concurrent organizational improvements.
In 2012, a pre-study in form of focus groups and individual interviews in three medium sized enterprises was undertaken. The interviews sought to examine what employees and managers considered to characterize a "good” work environment and what gives them wellbeing at work. The results from the interviews, and known health and safety parameters have constituted the basis for a questionnaire with which employees of the three companies are followed for 2 years.
Parallel, data concerning the company’s key indicators and internal development are collected. One of the companies designs its work with their internal development according to the PATH-model. At the two-year follow-up the results from the “PATH-company” concerning the well-being of both employees and the company will be compared with the results from the other two companies designing their internal development after their own choice.
This study aims to increase knowledge about how to achieve sustainable health and wellbeing of both the individual and the company parallel. Such conditions can be assumed to save suffering for the individual and reduced costs for the company and society.
The project is financially supported by AFA Insurance.
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