Sustainable management of job (re)design: A position paper on balancing competitive advantage and organisational performance to ensure healthy workplaces

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Abstract

The risk of work-related stress and the high costs associated with it in combination with a proactive focus has initiated an interest from research and practice on what works. Regarding potential solutions, this has also motivated a discussion on how to ensure a joined focus on both organisational performance and wellbeing. Worldwide, companies are beginning implement new ways of working and organising work that takes into account both employee wellbeing and organisational performance, also coined as sustainable management. The idea behind sustainable management is to be proactive to prevent stress and ensure wellbeing by adjusting how work is designed, organised and managed and ensure organisational performance. Pioneering organisations across industries offer some inspiring examples illustrating a combined focus on organising and managing both organisational performance and employee wellbeing. Companies such as V2C, IIH Nordic, and Pentia in Denmark and SAS Institute, Patagonia, Hilton and Cisco Systems in the US offer examples of initiatives focused on shorter workweeks or less overtime – initiatives linked to improvements in both employee wellbeing and organisational performance. While the interest is high, examples are few and there is a pressing need for new knowledge about how redesigning of jobs can include the concern for both organisational performance and employee wellbeing in
tandem. This study aims to further the discussion on management of job (re)design. We focus on how managers and workplaces can ensure both organisational performance and employee wellbeing in practice by focusing on prevention, job design, organisational design and business models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2020
Publication date2020
Pages321-322
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2020 - Virtual , United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Apr 202029 May 2020
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Conference Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2020
LocationVirtual
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period28/04/202029/05/2020
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