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Persson, S. S., Lindström, P. N., Pettersson, P., Andersson, I. & Blomqvist, K. (2018). Relationships between healthcare employees and managers as a resource for well-being at work. Society, health and vulnerability, 9, 1-9
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2018 (English)In: Society, health and vulnerability, E-ISSN 2002-1518, Vol. 9, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relationships at work are important to the psychosocial work environment and may be resources for the employees' well-being. There is a need for a better understanding of what generate positive relationships at work. The aim of the study was to gain a better understanding of the relationship between employees and managers in municipal healthcare. A qualitative study with twenty-seven individual interviews was conducted with healthcare employees and managers in municipal healthcare. The relationship between manager and employees and its possible contribution to well-being was a key focus. A comparison and tentative analysis, inspired by hermeneutics, was used in order to analyse similarities and differences in employee and manager experiences. The findings revealed similarities as well as considerable differences between employees and managers in their experiences. Two themes emerged from the interpretation of the text: (i) Health-promoting relationships are characterized by asymmetry and by a manager that stands outside the group; and (ii) Health-promoting relationships are characterized by mutuality and symmetry and by a manager that is part of the group. The relationship between the employees and the managers are both a resource for doing a good job and a means for achieving belongingness at work. To highlight well-working aspects of relationships at work, may contribute to a better psychosocial work environment and, ultimately, the well-being among healthcare recipients.

Keywords
Health promotion, interpersonal communication, occupational health, organisational development, relationship, well-being
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18909 (URN)10.1080/20021518.2018.1547035 (DOI)000452020300001 ()
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2018-12-21Bibliographically approved
Schön Persson, S., Nilsson Lindström, P., Pettersson, P., Nilsson, M. & Blomqvist, K. (2018). Resources for work-related well-being: a qualitative study about healthcare employees' experiences of relationships at work.. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(23-24), 4302-4310
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 27, no 23-24, p. 4302-4310Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore municipal healthcare employees' experiences of relationships with care recipients and colleagues. The specific research questions were when do the relationships enhance well-being, and what prerequisites are needed for such relationships to occur?.

BACKGROUND: Employees in health and social care for older people often depict their work in negative terms, and they often take a high number of sick leaves. Despite the heavy workload, other employees express well-being at work and highlight social relationships as one reason for this. However, a greater understanding of how these relationships can act as resources for workplace well-being is needed.

DESIGN: The design of the study was qualitative and exploratory.

METHODS: Qualitative interview studies were conducted with twenty-three healthcare employees in municipal healthcare. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data.

RESULTS: Two themes were identified as resources for promoting relationships between employees and care recipients or colleagues: (i) Being personal - a close interpersonal relationship to a care recipient - and (ii) Colleague belongingness - a sense of togetherness within the working group. Spending quality time together, providing long-term care and providing additional care were antecedents for a close interpersonal relationship with care recipients. Trust, mutual responsibility and cooperation were antecedents for a sense of togetherness within the working group.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings provide an empirical base to raise awareness of relationships with care recipients and colleagues as health aspects. Relationships among employees in healthcare are vital resources that must be considered to create sustainable workplaces, and consequently improve the quality of care. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Keywords
employee well-being, municipal healthcare, qualitative method, relationships, workplace health promotion
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18139 (URN)10.1111/jocn.14543 (DOI)000449828900009 ()29791765 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-11-30Bibliographically approved
Schön Persson, S., Lindström, P. N., Pettersson, P. & Andersson, I. (2018). Workplace relationships impact self-rated health: a survey of Swedish municipal health care employees. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 60(1), 85-94
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2018 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 85-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The impact of positive social relationships on the health of municipal employees in the elder care sector in Sweden needs further examination.

OBJECTIVE: To explore the association between health and relationships among elderly care employees using a salutogenic perspective.

METHOD: Survey of all employees (n = 997) in special housing, home care and Disabled Support and Services in a Swedish municipality. The questionnaire, which had a salutogenic perspective, included information on self-rated health from the previously validated SHIS (Salutogenic Health Indicator Scale), psychosocial work environment and experiences, social climate, and health-promoting workplace relationships.

RESULTS: The response rate was 69% . Results of a multivariable linear regression model showed four significant predictors of health: general work experiences, colleague belongingness and positive relationships with managers and care recipients. In another model, colleague belongingness was significantly related to satisfaction with care recipients, work, length of employment as well as general work experiences and relationships with managers.

CONCLUSION: Strengthening of positive work relationships, not only between workmates but also with managers and care recipients, seems to be an essential area for employee health promotion. Colleague belongingness may be deepened by development of a positive work climate, including satisfactory work experiences, positive manager relationships and a stable work force.

Keywords
Health promotion, belongingness, questionnaire, salutogenic
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18185 (URN)10.3233/WOR-182721 (DOI)000436081100009 ()29843296 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved
Ericsson, U., Augustinsson, S. & Pettersson, P. (2015). A Jigsaw Puzzle with No Given Solution: the financial crisis, trust, loyalty and fair-play. Labor Studies Journal, 39(4), 278-296
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2015 (English)In: Labor Studies Journal, ISSN 0160-449X, E-ISSN 1538-9758, Vol. 39, no 4, p. 278-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on one-to-one interviews and focus group interviews with management representatives, trade union representatives, and blue- and white-collar workers this article investigates how the global financial crisis was handled in Swedish industry. In the light of the crisis agreement signed between trade union IF Metall and company representatives how can the implementation of the agreement be described? How were these new conditions interpreted and how were they experienced? Three conceptual themes emerged, trust, loyalty, and principle of fair-play. Large differences were shown that were related to attitudes towards blue- and white-collar workers, recognition of work, and the size of the town.

National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13433 (URN)10.1177/0160449X14567808 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-01-23 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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