Abstract/Details

An examination of the influence of culture, climate and leadership as drivers of a healthy workplace

McHugh, Gabrielle.   University of Northern British Columbia (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2012. NR87596.

Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the many components of a working environment that should be considered when developing a healthy workplace. The definition of a healthy workplace is expressed in terms of the organization's practices in providing an internal working environment that supports, protects and promotes the health and well-being of employees while concomitantly pursuing its business goals (Jaffe, 1995). To test this definition the internal working environment was contextualized as the culture, social climate, and leadership style. These variables were then used to examine the influence of the internal working environment on perceptions of organizational health practice and occupational bond as drivers of a healthy workplace. Employees from four organizations based in the United Kingdom participated in the study (N=168 employees). The results indicate that each of the independent variables culture, climate or leadership, are each significant predictors of organizational bond and health practice when analyzed singularly. More importantly however is the differential impact of these variables on occupational bond and health practices when viewed through the comprehensive model such that positive aspects of the working environment dampen the negative effects. The study also shows that the proximal social environment is more influential in promoting occupational bond in the workplace than the distal environment of culture and leadership. The applied implication of these findings when developing a healthy workplace is that over and above culture and leadership influences, the proximal environment of climate and health practices is a salient force among workers. Overall this study speaks to the need for contextualizing the workplace before initiating organizational improvement or development.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Culture;
Occupational safety;
Occupational psychology;
Work environment;
Occupational health;
Employee development
Classification
0354: Occupational safety
0624: Occupational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Health and environmental sciences; Culture; Healthy workplace; Leadership; Organizational climate
Title
An examination of the influence of culture, climate and leadership as drivers of a healthy workplace
Author
McHugh, Gabrielle
Number of pages
123
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
1387
Source
DAI-B 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-87596-4
University/institution
University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)
University location
Canada -- British Columbia, CA
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
NR87596
ProQuest document ID
1027095928
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/1027095928