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Document ID (ISN)103867
CIS number 05-89
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pepper L., Messinger M., Weinberg J., Campbell R.
Title Downsizing and health at the United States Department of Energy
Bibliographic information Nov. 2003, Vol.44, No.5, p.481-491. 21 ref.
Abstract Downsizing and reorganization not only affect workers who lose their jobs, but even workers who retain their jobs are affected in negative ways. The present study measured how downsizing was accomplished at five Department of Energy facilities by evaluating communication with workers, perceived fairness of the process and job characteristics, and how each of these was associated with worker health and well-being. The researchers collected quantitative data using structured surveys and captured qualitative data using interviews, focus groups, and open-ended survey responses. Employees who felt that the downsizing process was fair and that communication was open and honest reported fewer symptoms, lower survivor syndrome and more job security than their counterparts. Also, employees who were less immediately impacted by downsizing reported fewer symptoms than those who were more directly involved.
Descriptors (primary) USA; psychology of work organization; government services; unemployment; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; motivation; information of personnel; role of management; ethics; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Psychological factors
Public and government services
Psychology of work organization