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Organisational interventions to combat stress risks in the Netherlands: design oriented approach

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Author: Oeij, P.R.A. · Houtman, I.L.D. · Vaas, S. · Wiezer, N.M.
Type:article
Date:2004
Institution: TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
Source:European ways to combat psychosocial risks related to work organisation : towards organisational interventions?, 87-121
Identifier: 277226
Keywords: Workplace · Arbeidsproductiviteit

Abstract

One of several organisational interventions is described, namely Combat Workstress Approach (CWA), and its background in modern sociotechnology (MST) as a design oriented approach. CWA’s central goal is to assess and eliminate the sources of distur-bances in the work environment. Interventions aim at first redesigning the primary process and then jobs. The method combines stress risk reduction with productivity improvement and is transferable to other countries. MST’s central aim is to enhance an organisation’s flexibility to respond to changing environmental demands by designing less complex organisations and high professional autonomy in jobs. Other approaches and the policy context are sketched.