How Can Job Design Improve Workplace Health and Productivity?

A great presentation by my old supervisor Frank Bond is published on the Institute of Employment Studies website.

What’s interesting about this kind of intervention is that when combined with ACT, the benefits of organisational redesign are also enhanced (Bond, Flaxman & Bunce, 2008).

What this study found was that increasing job control significantly improves mental health and absenteeism. But these effects were enhanced in people with higher levels of psychological flexibility.

Those with higher levels of psychological flexibility perceived that they had greater levels of job control as a result of the intervention, and this greater perception of control led these people to experience even greater improvements in mental health and absenteeism.

Psychological flexibility therefore allows people with more job control to better notice, where, when and the degree to which they have it, and therefore better recognise goal-related opportunities.

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