Displacements in organisations’ responses to the inspections of their psychosocial working environment

Liv Starheim

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to analyse how organisational activities correspond with the Working Environment Authority’s description of psychosocial working environment problems at the workplaces. Through the case study of twelve workplaces the activities are analysed focusing on the relationship between the Working Environment Authority’s problem descriptions after an inspection visit, and the solutions implemented by the workplace to solve the pinpointed problems. The Garbage Can mode l of decision making frames the understanding of how the workplaces decides, which activities they initiate as a result of the Working Environment Authority inspection. Displacement of the problem solving is suggested as a category of decision-making. The analysis shows, how the organisations choose relevant or displaced activities depended upon their agreement in the problem description, their acceptance of suggestion solution, and their success in establishing a reasonable understanding of the causes of the problems. T he inspection visit is regarded as an opportunity to implement solutions to problems in the psychosocial working environment, which already exists as a possible and legitimate improvement activity in the workplaces, as well as a push to start a process to develop new solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Factors in Organizational Design and Management - XI
    EditorsO. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P.L. Jensen, A. Kabel, M.E. Larsen, T. Weller
    Number of pages7
    PublisherIEA Press
    Publication date2014
    Pages573-579
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management and 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (NES) - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 17 Aug 201420 Aug 2014
    Conference number: 11
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    Conference

    Conference11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management and 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (NES)
    Number11
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period17/08/201420/08/2014
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    Keywords

    • Displacement in decision-making
    • Garbage Can model
    • Psychosocial work environment
    • Working environment authorities

    Cite this

    Starheim, L. (2014). Displacements in organisations’ responses to the inspections of their psychosocial working environment. In O. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P. L. Jensen, A. Kabel, M. E. Larsen, & T. Weller (Eds.), Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management - XI (pp. 573-579). IEA Press.