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Combined effects of uncertainty and organizational justice on employee health : Testing the uncertainty management model of fairness judgments among Finnish public sector employees

By M. Elovainio, K. van den Bos, A. Linna, M. Kivimäki, L. Ala-Mursula, J. Pentti and J. Vahtera


We examined whether the combination of uncertainty (lack of work-time control, and negative changes at work) and organizational justice (i.e., justice of decision-making procedures and interpersonal treatment at work) contributes to sickness absence. A total of 7083 male and 24,317 female Finnish public sector employees completed questionnaires designed to assess organizational justice, workload and other factors. Hierarchical regression showed that after adjustment for age, income, and health behaviors low procedural and interactional justice were related to long sickness absence spells. In accordance with the uncertainty management model, these associations were dependent on experienced work-time control and perceived changes at work

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen
Year: 2005
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