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Organisational interventions to improve employees' health and wellbeing: A realist synthesis

Roodbari, H., Axtell, C., Nielsen, K., Sorensen, G. (2021) Organisational interventions to improve employees' health and wellbeing: A realist synthesis. Applied Psychology, 71 (3). pp. 1058-1081. ISSN 0269-994X. (doi:10.1111/apps.12346) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:96341)

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Although organisational interventions have shown promising results in improving employees' health and wellbeing, reviews of the effectiveness of such interventions conclude results are inconsistent. Realist synthesis is considered an appropriate method of literature review to improve the consistency of empirical evidence by developing generalisable statements of ‘what works for whom in which circumstances’. In this article, to identify and synthesise existing evidence from the empirical studies of organisational interventions, we conducted a realist synthesis according to the RAMESES publication standards. We reviewed 28 articles. Six realist programme theories were developed that explain how different mechanisms of organisational interventions may bring about different outcomes in different contexts. These realist programme theories are based on the process mechanisms of implementation adherence, communication, employees' participation, senior management support, middle management support and external consultants/researchers support. This realist synthesis enhances the understanding of how organisational interventions may improve employees' health and wellbeing, in which contexts, and for which group of employees. As such, it makes an important potential contribution to designing, implementing and evaluating future organisational interventions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/apps.12346
Uncontrolled keywords: consultation; empiricism; employee; human; review; synthesis; wellbeing
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Hamid Roodbari
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 08:01 UTC
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 09:03 UTC
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