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Matching work capacity and job demands: toward an enhanced measure of work ability


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) pp. 1360-1364. ISSN 1076-2752 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000580


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 Details

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:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:130422
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-01-24
Last Modified:2019-03-15

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