An effect evaluation of the psychosocial work environment of a university unit after a successfully implemented employeeship program
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OriginalversjonSaksvik, P.Ø., Færgestad, M., Fossum, S. et al. (2018) An effect evaluation of the psychosocial work environment of a university unit after a successfully implemented employeeship program. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 11(1), pp. 31-44. 10.1108/IJWHM-08-2017-0065
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether a successful implementation of an intervention couldresultinaneffectevaluatedindependentlyfromaprocessevaluation.Itwasachievedbyevaluatingthe effects of an intervention, the “employeeship program,” designed to strengthen the psychosocial work environment through raising employees’ awareness and competence in interpersonal relationships and increasing their responsibility for their everyday work and working environment. Design/methodology/approach – An employeeship intervention program was developed to improve the psychosocial work environment through reducing conflict among employees and strengthening the social community,empoweringleadership,andincreasingtrustinmanagement.Anearlierprocessevaluationofthe program found that it had been implemented successfully. The present effect evaluation supplemented this byexaminingitseffect onthepsychosocialworkenvironment usingtwowavesoftheorganization’sinternal surveyandcomparingchangesintheinterventionunitattwopointsandagainsttherestoftheorganization. Findings – The intervention was effective in improving the psychosocial work environment through reducing conflicts among employees and strengthening the social community, empowering leadership, and increasing trust in management. Researchlimitations/implications – Moreattentionshouldbepaidtodevelopingandincreasingpositive psychosocial experiences while simultaneously reducing negative psychosocial experiences, as this employeeship intervention demonstrated. Practical implications – An intervention focusing on employeeship is an effective way to achieve a healthier psychosocial work environment with demonstrable benefits for individuals and the working unit. Originality/value – Although organizational-level interventions are complex processes, evaluations that focus on process and effect can offer insights into the workings of successful interventions.