|Document ID (ISN)||74995|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0267-8373 - Work and Stress
|Convention or series no.
||Mikkelsen A., Saksvik P.ě, Eriksen H.R., Ursin H.
||The impact of learning opportunities and decision authority on occupational health
||Jan.-Mar. 1999, Vol.13, No.1, p.20-31. lllus. 35 ref.
||In an investigation of 418 employees in the Norwegian Postal Service, employees with high learning opportunities and high decision authority were found to be better off on psychological functioning, health and organizational outcome variables than employees with low scores on these variables. Decision authority and learning opportunities had specific and independent impact on subjective health, psychological functioning, coping style and organizational outcome variables. There were also, however, interaction effects between demands, learning opportunities and decision authority on subjective health. Learning opportunities and decision authority were operationalized with a questionnaire, supplemented with questions on the opportunities to learn skills beyond the present job situation. It is suggested that this is a particularly important dimension for coping with the present-day rapid changes in working life, where the objective for many workers will be to broaden their repertoire and competence to increase their flexibility in the labour market.
||occupational psychology; mental stress; postal services; mental health
||Norway; job dissatisfaction; work involving responsibility; refresher training; social aspects; motivation; questionnaire survey; stress factors; statistical evaluation; human behaviour
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Norway|
||Psychology and sociology
|Broad subject area(s)
||Stress, psychosocial factors
Mental stress and burnout