Preventive solutions from a systems perspective: Outcomes of a co-creating process among executives and researchers

Christine Ipsen, Signe Bergmann

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Abstract

Stress is still one of the biggest challenges when it comes to people’s mental health and workplaces opportunities to create growth and well-being and that puts new demands on managers to solve the problem. There is also a stronger focus on top executives and managers, who play a key role in preventing and managing stress, but without a clear picture of what that role implies. There are plenty of international tools and methods available to support interventions to prevent stress, but managers still search for ways to deal with the increasing and costly problem. This search also includes two Danish companies, the Danish Association of Managers and Executives (DAME) and the Danish Pension and Insurance Company, (PFA) which experience an increase in the request for concrete knowledge and tools from their members and customers to solve this problem. Besides applying their vast in-house consultants’ experience to serve their members, the two companies also wish to provide their customers and members with current, relevant and research-based knowledge on how to prevent stress in practice. Acknowledging the experience and knowledge among executives, managers and researchers, the aim of this project was to allow these actors inspired by Mode 2 knowledge production to co-create new knowledge on preventive strategies. The idea is that the joint knowledge production in combination with a systems perspective on prevention and stress management can qualify the ongoing stress and management debate and provide ideas for new solutions, enhance the implementability of stress preventive changes than can ensure both business relevance and improved mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics 2020
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Ipsen, C., & Bergmann, S. (2020). Preventive solutions from a systems perspective: Outcomes of a co-creating process among executives and researchers. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics 2020