Study looks at bigger picture of workplace health

A ground-breaking study to examine what factors affect work-related health and wellbeing is being undertaken by academics at Nottingham Trent University.

The £320,000 project will examine how the work environment, the nature of organisations, their cultures and work systems can all affect people’s working lives and wellbeing. It will study more than 40 small, medium and large enterprises during the next two-and-a-half years.

The study aims to develop a better understanding of how organisations can manage workplace health.

“Previous studies into work-related health and wellbeing have often been inconsistent, as they have tended to focus only on individual variables, such as job demands and job variety, relationships, support at work and work-life balance,” said lead researcher Dr Maria Karanika-Murray, a psychologist in the university’s School of Social Sciences.

“This new study, however, will also consider the effects of higher-level organisational characteristics such as policies, culture and organisational change,” she added.

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