Impacts on work performance; what matters 6 months on?


Wynne-Jones, G., Buck, R., Varnava, A., Phillips, C. J. and Main, C. J., 2011. Impacts on work performance; what matters 6 months on? Occupational Medicine, 61 (3), pp. 205-208.

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Aims: To establish whether self-reported health, perceptions of work and objective characteristics of work measured at baseline can predict performance at 6 months follow-up. Methods: Self-completed questionnaires to assess health, objective characteristics of work and perceptions of work were completed at two public sector organizations. Follow-up questionnaires were completed at 6 months to assess workplace performance using a visual analogue scale for self-rated performance and the Stanford Presenteeism Scale 6 (SPS6). Results: Five hundred and five employees completed questionnaires at baseline and 310 (61%) of these completed follow-up questionnaires. Psychological distress as measured with the General Health Questionnaire and perceptions of work predicted both self-rated performance and SPS6 score. Objective characteristics of work were relatively unimportant in the prediction of future performance. Conclusions: This study has provided an initial indication of the factors that may predict performance at follow-up in the population studied. These findings may be used to generate hypotheses for future studies and highlights the need to assess a range of factors in relation to an individual's performance at work including health and perceptions of work.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsWynne-Jones, G., Buck, R., Varnava, A., Phillips, C. J. and Main, C. J.
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Uncontrolled Keywordsoccupational epidemiology,work performance,workplace,employee health
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
Research CentresMental Health Research & Development Unit
ID Code23862


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