Kilpatrick, M and Blizzard, L and Sanderson, K and Teale, B and Jose, K and Venn, A, Barriers and facilitators to participation in workplace health promotion (WHP) activities: results from a cross-sectional survey of public-sector employees in Tasmania, Australia, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28, (3) pp. 225-232. ISSN 1036-1073 (2017) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: TSS employee (n = 3228) completed surveys in 2013. Data included sociodemographic characteristics, employee-perceived availability of WHP activities, employee-reported participation in WHP activities, and facilitators and barriers to participation. Ordinal log-link regression was used in cross-sectional analyses.
Results: Significant associations were found for all facilitating factors and participation. Respondents who felt their organisation placed a high priority on WHP, who believed that management supported participation or that the activities could improve their health were more likely to participate. Time- and health-related barriers were associated with participation in fewer activities. All associations were independent of age, sex, work schedule and employee-perceived availability of programs. Part-time and shift-work patterns, and location of activities were additionally identified barriers.
Conclusion: Facilitating factors relating to implementation, peer and environmental support, were associated with participation in more types of activities, time- and health-related barriers were associated with less participation.
So what?: Large and diverse organisations should ensure WHP efforts have manager support and adopt flexible approaches to maximise employee engagement.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||behaviour change, engagement, health behaviour, healthy environments|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public health|
|Research Field:||Health promotion|
|Objective Group:||Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)|
|Objective Field:||Occupational health|
|UTAS Author:||Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)|
|UTAS Author:||Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)|
|UTAS Author:||Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)|
|UTAS Author:||Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)|
|UTAS Author:||Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||16|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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