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Svensson, S. & Heiden, M. (2020). Temporary employment, working conditions, labour market regulation and health: a cross-country multi-level study. In: : . Paper presented at International Sociological Association Congress 2020.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Temporary employment, working conditions, labour market regulation and health: a cross-country multi-level study
2020 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Various forms of temporary employment has been on the rise in OECD countries since the late 1980’s. It’s been argued that temporary work set individuals in economic insecurity and poor working conditions. Therefore, temporary work is thought to be negative for health. However, findings are inconclusive. Whereas some studies do report worse health among temporary than non-temporary workers others report the opposite. Differences in findings might be explained by the fact that some studies considers socioeconomic position and job characteristics whereas others don’t. It’s also been argued that a key explanation for inconsistent findings might be differences in welfare policy across countries. The aim of this study is to investigate the association between temporary work, working conditions, welfare policy and self-rated health and well-being. This is done in a cross-sectional multi-level analysis of the 5th wave of European Working Conditions Survey including 22 European countries with control for proportion of GDP spent on active (ALMP) and passive (PLMP) labour market policy respectively.

The results show no significant association between type of employment, ALMP, PLMP and self-rated health. Working conditions and socioeconomic position are significantly associated with self-rated health. There is a significant negative association between type of employment and well-being such that those in temporary employment report lower well-being than non-temporary employees. A positive interaction between PLMP and temporary employment means that PLMP is positively associated with well-being for those who have a temporary contract. The strength of the association between temporary work and well-being decreases after adjustment for working conditions and socioeconomic position. ALMP is not significantly associated with well-being.

Conclusion: Temporary work is negatively associated with well-being, but not with health. PLMP buffer the possible negative impact from temporary employment whereas ALMP do not seem to have the same importance. However, the cross-sectional design calls for further studies

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31308 (URN)
Conference
International Sociological Association Congress 2020
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2019-12-17Bibliographically approved
Widar, L., Wall, E. & Svensson, S. (2019). Experiences of job demand and control: A study of first line managers in for-profit psychiatric and addiction care. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiences of job demand and control: A study of first line managers in for-profit psychiatric and addiction care
2019 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Keywords
first line manager, job demand control theory, psychiatric and addiction care, occupational health
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31309 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2019-12-17Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. (2018). Organizational Trust: How to include the division of labour?. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39(2), 72-293
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizational Trust: How to include the division of labour?
2018 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 72-293Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to study the relevance of the division of labour to the formation of organizational trust. Trust is defined as a phenomenon related to the resources available to a person in a given social position, a social position which in turn is related to the division of labour. It is argued that work externalization constitutes a division of labour, and that differing access to resources for internal and external workers explains variations in trust. The theoretical propositions are tested in a quantitative analysis of 711 external workers and internal employees in a Swedish organization. The results lend partial support to the theory. External employees are found to be less likely have strong trust in their co-workers. The relationship is mediated by perceptions of shared norms in the organization.

Keywords
division of labour, management, organizational trust, temporary agency work
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20942 (URN)10.1177/0143831X15611965 (DOI)000432057000005 ()2-s2.0-85046792024 (Scopus ID)
Funder
VINNOVA, 2009-03060
Available from: 2015-12-29 Created: 2015-12-29 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S., Stubbs, J. & Larsson, J. (2018). The association between subordinate perception of task and relation oriented leadership behaviors and sense of coherence among a sample of Swedish white-collar workers. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 61(2), 327-336
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The association between subordinate perception of task and relation oriented leadership behaviors and sense of coherence among a sample of Swedish white-collar workers
2018 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 327-336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Evidence suggests that leadership behaviours and sense of coherence influences subordinate health. The influence of leadership behaviours on subordinate sense of coherence has not been investigated in any detail. This cross-sectional quantitative study of managers and subordinates in a large governmental organisation focus on this potential association. The study used two common and empirically tested leadership styles: task oriented leadership and relations oriented leadership. In a logistic regression analysis, the association between types of leadership behaviour and SOC were analysed while controlling for age, gender, income, type of employment and organisational tenure. It was hypothesized that both task and relation oriented leadership behaviours would be positively associated with SOC, whereas a laissez faire leadership would be negatively associated with SOC. The hypotheses were not supported. Several implications for further research are discussed including capturing data about both subordinates’ preferred and perceived leadership behaviours.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Leadership, behavior, behaviour, task, relation, sense of coherence, health, public
National Category
Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified Occupational Health and Environmental Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23620 (URN)10.3233/WOR-182803 (DOI)000455259700015 ()30373982 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85056408468 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Arbetsmiljö, ledarskap, inhyrning och hälsa
Available from: 2017-02-13 Created: 2017-02-13 Last updated: 2019-03-01Bibliographically approved
King, D., Svensson, S. & Wei, Z. (2017). Not always a quick fix: the impact of employing temporary agency workers on retention in the Australian aged care workforce. Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(1), 85-103
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Not always a quick fix: the impact of employing temporary agency workers on retention in the Australian aged care workforce
2017 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Relations, ISSN 0022-1856, E-ISSN 1472-9296, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 85-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of external labour such as temporary agency workers in the general workforcehas increased in recent decades, but comparatively little is known about their impactwithin the aged care workforce. This article analyses quantitative data from a census ofaged care facilities and a large-scale survey of their workforce regarding the use andimpact of temporary agency workers on internal workers. It demonstrates that employ-ing temporary agency workers helps address labour shortages generally and skill short-ages in particular. However, it has a negative impact on the job satisfaction of internalpersonal care workers – a predictor of an increase in intention to leave. In contrast,there was little impact on internal nurse satisfaction. The use of temporary agencyworkers could therefore create a paradox: increasing personal care worker numbersin the short term, but negatively impacting on their retention in the long term. Giventhe need for an expanded and sustainable aged care workforce, this finding has import-ant implications for organisations, policy and unions.

Keywords
Aged care, intention to leave, retention, temporary agency workers, work externalisation
National Category
Economics Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23199 (URN)10.1177/0022185616673867 (DOI)000395447400005 ()2-s2.0-85014665110 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2017-01-02 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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