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Psychosocial Work Environment in the Church of Sweden. An Explorative Study
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. Socialmedicin and Center for Environmental Illness and Stress Disorders, CEOS, Uppsala Academic Hospital.
2007 (English)In: European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology: Sustainable Work: Promoting Human and Organizational Vitality, 2007, 1172- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous research about work environment aspects of the Church has either focused on leadership or on the character of conflicts in the organization. This study is focused on the psychosocial environment factors in the Church. Data include both documents from the Swedish Labor Inspection and interviews with representatives from different churches. Data was compared with regard to factors assumed to be relevant for the psychosocial work environment in the organization. The result indicated unsatisfactory work conditions such as unclear management, attitudes too focused on “taking care of people,” employees with their own goals, great expectations (external, from the society and internal, from the Church itself) on good work conditions. Another result was stressful work conditions caused by, i.e., the employees’ difficulties to draw a line between their work and private lives. It was also evident that it was more common in the Church of Sweden not to handle the problems.

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2007. 1172- p.
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"psychosocial work environment", "church"
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11450DOI: doi:J:07OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11450DiVA: diva2:39219
Posterpresentation vid XIII European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology.Available from: 2007-09-14 Created: 2007-09-14

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