Improving Organizational Interventions For Stress and Well-Being
Addressing Process and Context
Edited by Caroline Biron, Maria Karanika-Murray, Cary Cooper
Published May 21st 2012 by Routledge – 400 pages
This book brings together a number of experts in the field of organizational interventions for stress and well-being, and discusses the importance of process and context issues to the success or failure of such interventions. The book explores how context and process can be incorporated into program evaluation, providing examples of how this can be done, and offers insights that aim to improve working life.
Although there is a substantial body of research supporting a causal relationship between working conditions and employee stress and well-being, information on how to develop effective strategies to reduce or eliminate psychosocial risks in the workplace is much more scarce, ambiguous and inconclusive. Indeed, researchers in this field have so far attempted to evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions to improve workers’ health and well-being, but little attention has been paid to the strategies and processes likely to enhance or undermine interventions. The focus of this volume will help to overcome this qualitative-quantitative divide.
This book discusses conceptual developments, practical applications, and methodological issues in the field. As such it is suitable for students, practitioners and researchers in the fields of organizational psychology and clinical psychology, as well as human resources management, health & safety, medicine, occupational health, risk management and public health.
"This book is comprehensive in having secured contributions from all of the key figures in psychosocial intervention process evaluation research. This approach ensures a complete, logical, and seamless telling of the story. … The editors are to be congratulated for identifying the imperative for this book. [It] brilliantly serves to move the question on from 'does the intervention work?' to 'how and why does it work'. … Another point worth noting is that the volume is beautiful in appearance from cover to typesetting." - Jonathan Houdmont, University of Nottingham, UK, in The European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013
"This is a much-needed and timely volume on a major, yet often neglected issue in occupational health psychology. A must-read for those who are interested in improving intervention effectiveness." - Toon W. Taris, Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
"I want to thank and congratulate the editors and authors for making this book possible. It provides clear evidence of how far we have come in the past 20-30 years, and how far we have yet to go in developing, implementing and evaluating effective interventions that reduce adverse psychological outcomes for workers." -Linda M. Goldenhar, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, USA
N. K.Semmer, Foreword C. Biron, M. Karinika-Murray, C. L. Cooper, Organizational Interventions for Stress and Well-Being Part 1. Challenges and Methodological Issues in Organizational-Level Interventions A.D. La Montagne, A.J. Noblet, P.A. Landsbergis, Intervention Development and Implementation: Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Organisational-Level Interventions N. Mellor, M. Karanika-Murray, E. Waite, Taking a Multi-Faceted, Multi-Level, and Integrated Perspective for Addressing Psychosocial Issues at the Workplace L. E. Tetrick, J. C. Quick, P. L. Gilmore, Research in Organizational Interventions to Improve Well-Being: Perspectives on Organizational Change and Development M. F. Dollard, Psychosocial Safety Climate: A Lead Indicator of Workplace Psychological Health and Engagement and a Precursor to Intervention Success S. D. Tvedt, P. O. Saksvik, Perspectives on the Intervention Process as a Special Case of Organizational Change R. Randall, K. M. Nielsen, Does the Intervention Fit? An Explanatory Model of Intervention Success and Failure in Complex Organizational Environments G. Baril-Gingras, M. Bellemare, C. Brisson, How can Qualitative Studies Help Explain the Role of Context and Process of Interventions on Occupational Safety and Health and on Mental Health at Work? C. Biron, What Works for Whom in Which Context?: Researching Organizational Interventions on Stress and Well-Being Using Realistic Evaluation Principles Part 2. Addressing Process and Context in Practice R. Bourbonnais, N. Jauvin, J. Dussault, M. Vézina, Evaluation of an Intervention to Prevent Mental Health Problems Among Correctional Officers R. Lewis, J. Yarker, E. Donaldson-Feilder, The Vital Role of Line Managers in Managing Psychosocial Risks V. Brunsden, R. Hill, K. Maguire, The Impact of Process Issues on Stress Interventions in the Emergency Services, J. Klein Hesselinck, N. Wiezer, H. Den Besten, E. De Kleijn, The Development of Smart and Practical Small Group Interventions for work StressPart 3. Policy Implications C. Mackay, D. Palferman, H. Saul, S. Webster, C. Packham, Implementation of the Management standars for Work-Related Stress in Great Britain, K. Daniels, M. Karanika-Murray, N. Mellor, M. van Veldhoven, Moving Policy and Practice Forward: Beyond Prescriptions for Job Characteristics A. Weyman, Evidence-Based Practice – Its Contributions to Learning in Managing Workplace Health Risks Part 4. Conclusions M. Karanika-Murray, C. Biron, C.L. Cooper, Concluding Comments: Distilling the Principles of Successful Organizational Intervention Implementation.
Caroline Biron is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, and a member of the Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management at Laval University, Québec, Canada. Her work on the intervention process won the Best Intervention Competition award at the Work, Stress & Health Conference 2011.
Maria Karanika-Murray is an Occupational Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Her research focuses on the importance of the organizational context for employee health and well-being, and the assessment and management of work-related health and well-being.
Cary L. Cooper CBE is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, UK; Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences and Editor of the journal Stress and Health. He was honoured by the Queen with Commander of the British Empire for his contribution to occupational health.