Exploring blue- and white-collar employees' well-being at work system : differences in indicators of physical and psychosocial conditions of occupational groups
Väyrynen, Seppo Tapio; Kiema-Junes, Heli Katariina (2018-04-02)
Vayrynen, S. T., & Kiema-Junes, H. K. (2018). Exploring Blue- and White-Collar Employees’ Well-Being at Work System: Differences in Indicators of Physical and Psychosocial Conditions of Occupational Groups. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD), 10(2), 14-34. doi:10.4018/IJSKD.2018040102
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The aim of this study was to examine occupational group-related differences in well-being at work (WBW) indicators ranging from real accidents, absences and retirement to experienced pleasure at work. Occupational group included two categories: blue- and white-collar employees. The study is based on analysing national statistics or ones of various industrial sectors (Study 1), or bases on findings of questionnaires in Finnish case companies (N=7) (Studies 2 and 3). WBW questionnaires answered by 3500 employees. Analysis utilised data that employees of two occupational groups, or company and national statistics revealed about WBW. Analysis was based on factors related to employee, task, tool, organisation and work environment (traditional work system (WS)), psychosocial factors, and information and communication within WS. The biggest and statistically significant differences were emphasised in results and discussion. Although two groups’ roles and tasks provide reasons for many differences, the ones should be measured, thoroughly discussed and consciously managed.
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