Collaboration in workplace health promotion: – a case study
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, E-ISSN 1753-836X, Vol. 5, no 3, 181-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose– The aim of this article is to describe and analyze a case of interorganizational andintersectoral collaboration on workplace health promotion involving nine municipalities in a Swedishregion.Design/methodology/approach– A holistic case study design was chosen. The work of a projectgroup responsible for developing plans for collaboration in the target area of health promotingleadership was studied. Observations at project meetings, interviews with project members, andwritten project documents were analyzed by qualitative methods.Findings– Collaboration on health promoting leadership was seen as a strategy to reduce thesickness rate among the employees in the municipalities. The best way to develop such leadership wasconsidered to be through supporting good leadership in general and improving the general workingconditions of managers in the municipalities. Moreover, it was regarded as a critical condition to havestructural arrangements and resources to continue this collaboration.Practical implications– An implication of the study is that collaboration on workplace healthpromotion should be organized initially on a small scale, giving time and opportunities for theparticipants to develop mutual trust with one another. It is also important to involve participants withdifferent knowledge and experiences in the field. Thus, it may be possible to develop strategies forhealth-promoting leadership contributing to the overall aim of a decreased sickness rate.Originality/value– There is limited research on barriers and facilitating factors forinterorganizational and intersectoral collaboration on workplace health promotion. This study contributesan analysis of important conditions for this kind of collaboration.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 5, no 3, 181-193 p.
Health promotion, Leadership, Workplace health, Collaboration, Workplace, Health care, Sweden
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3727DOI: 10.1108/17538351211268836OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3727DiVA: diva2:786420