Employees’ perceptions of the impact of work on health behaviours

Payne, Nicola and Jones, Fiona and Harris, Peter R. (2010) Employees’ perceptions of the impact of work on health behaviours. The Occupational Health Psychologist, 7 (3). pp. 12-13.

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Abstract

Research shows that work can have a negative impact on health behaviours such as exercise, eating, smoking and alcohol consumption. Most of this research is quantitative, focusing on a narrow range of work factors related to work stress, including high job demands and low job control, long work hours, hassles and negative affect (e.g. Jones et al., 2007; Lallukka et al., 2004; Payne et al., 2005). Some qualitative research has shown that other factors such as lack of time, convenient facilities and job flexibility and cultural norms are barriers to exercise (e.g. Fletcher et al., 2008; Tavares & Plotnikoff, 2008). However, this research has only examined single health behaviour in isolation. Thus, we conducted a research study using qualitative methods to examine employees’ perceptions and experiences of the disruptive and/or facilitative impact of work on four health behaviours: smoking, alcohol consumption, healthy eating, and exercise. This approach should provide a more complete picture of the range of work factors that are implicated, allowing for an exploration of whether the impact of work is similar or different across health behaviours; this will be useful for theory building and to inform health promotion initiatives.

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Research Areas:Health & Education > Psychology
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