Noone, J and Bohle, P and Mackey, M, Matching work capacity and job demands: toward an enhanced measure of work ability, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57, (12) ISSN 1076-2752 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: The Work Ability Index (WAI), the dominant measure of work ability, provides little information for targeting workplace interventions. There are benefits of developing new measures that focus on self-rated capacity to meet job demands rather than on health subscales of the WAI.
Methods: Structural equation modeling with cross-sectional data from 186 underground coal miners aged 18 to 64 years was used to model multivariate relationships between the WAI subscales, worker autonomy, and relationships with management.
Results: The results show differential associations between workplace factors and the WAI subscales, particularly self-rated capacity, highlighting potential intervention avenues not identifiable using traditional composite WAI scoring.
Conclusions: Focusing on self-rated work ability could be beneficial in clinical settings, provided measures are enhanced to capture a sufficient array of job demands.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||job control, job demands, organizational environment, psychosocial, work ability measurement, workplace intervention|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Business and Management|
|Research Field:||Organisational Behaviour|
|Objective Division:||Law, Politics and Community Services|
|Objective Group:||Work and Institutional Development|
|Objective Field:||Employment Patterns and Change|
|UTAS Author:||Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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