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Document ID (ISN)112232
CIS number 11-0786
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gurt J., Schwennen C., Elke G.
Title Health-specific leadership: Is there an association between leader consideration for the health of employees and their strain and well-being?
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2011, p.108-127. Illus. Approx. 70 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine the concept of health-specific leadership, differentiate it from sound general leadership and identify whether it has an impact on employee strain, alongside general sound leadership practices. Health-specific leadership is conceptualized as the leader's explicit consideration of and engagement in employee health. The study is based on research in the field of leadership impact on employee strain, health and well-being, extended by recent findings of the importance of domain-specific leadership constructs. As indicated by previous relevant studies, psychological climate for health, role ambiguity and job satisfaction were included as mediating variables. Using structural equation modelling, a sample of 1027 employees of the German tax administration was examined. The results show differential effects for health-specific and general sound leadership. While neither of these two aspects of leadership exhibited a direct association with employee strain, general sound leadership practices were significantly related to lower employee strain through lower levels of role ambiguity, better psychological climate for health and higher job satisfaction. Health-specific leadership was associated with higher levels of psychological climate for health, but also higher role ambiguity.
Descriptors (primary) North Rhine-Westphalia; occupational hygiene; motivation; role of management; government services
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; sickness absenteeism; state of health; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion