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The effects of confluct related obstructions on return to work of long-term sick-listed employees

Franken, P. (2009) The effects of confluct related obstructions on return to work of long-term sick-listed employees.

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Abstract:This master thesis investigates the influence of conflict related obstructions on the outcome of the return to work of long term (more than 13 weeks) sick listed employees. In this study a representative sample of 608 employers of different types of sectors and sizes were questioned with a structured questionnaire. The data was obtained from the study of Piek, Vuuren, Ybema, Joling en Huijs (2008) and was re-analyzed. This master thesis found that the number of conflict related obstructions is associated with less successful RTW outcomes. These obstructions are treated as violation of the psychological contract (Rousseau, 1989). One ore more conflict related obstructions are associated to a more negative RTW outcome than not any obstruction and one obstruction is less negative compared to two or more conflict related obstructions. Another finding is that ‘own initiative’ is associated to the amount of reported conflict related obstructions. The argument is that ‘own initiative’ of the employee leads to initiative of the employer and that at the same time empowerment has an influence on the association. Besides that, the study found that when employers report conflict related obstructions concerning a specific person before the RTW, they also report more conflict related obstructions about that person during the RTW. This is probably caused by the ‘primacy effect’.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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