Böckerman, Petri and Johansson, Edvard and Kauhanen, Antti (2009): Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?
Download (105kB) | Preview
The paper examines the effect of innovative work practices on the prevalence of sickness absence and accidents at work. We focus on several different aspects of workplace innovations (self-managed teams, information sharing, employer-provided training and incentive pay) along with the “bundles” of those practices. We use nationally representative individual-level data from the Finnish Quality of Work Life Survey from 2008. Using single equation models, we find that innovative work practices increase short-term sickness absence for blue-collar and lower white-collar employees. In two-equation models that treat innovative workplace practices as endogenous variables we do not find relationship between innovative work practices and sickness absence or accidents at work.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?|
|Keywords:||innovative work practices; workplace innovation; sickness absence; accidents|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J28 - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
|Depositing User:||Petri Böckerman|
|Date Deposited:||16. Oct 2009 06:54|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 09:05|
Appelbaum E, Bailey T, Berg P, Kalleberg AL. 2000. Manufacturing Advantage: Why High-Performance Work Systems Pay Off. Cornell University Press: Ithaca.
Askenazy P. 2001. Innovative workplace practices and occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States. Economic and Industrial Democracy 22: 485-516.
Askenazy P, Caroli E. 2010. Innovative work practices, information technologies and working conditions: Evidence for France. Industrial Relations, Forthcoming.
Barker JR. 1993. Tightening the iron cage: Concertive control in self-managing teams. Administrative Science Quarterly 38: 408-437.
Barmby T, Ercolani MG, Treble JG. 2004. Sickness absence: An international comparison. Economic Journal 112: F315-F331.
Bartel, AP. 2004. Human resource management and organizational performance: Evidence from retail banking. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57: 181-202.
Barth E, Bryson A, Dale-Olsen H. 2009. How does innovation affect worker well-being? Unpublished, National Institute for Economic and Social Research: London.
Bassanini A, Booth A, Brunello G, De Paola M, Leuven E. 2005. Workplace training in Europe. Discussion Paper No. 1640. Institute for the Study of Labor: Bonn.
Belangér PR, Lapointe P-A, Lévesque B. 2002. Workplace innovation and the role of institutions. In Work and Employment Relations in the High-Performance Workplace, Murray G, Belangér PR, Giles A, Lapointe P-A (eds). Continuum: London.
Berggren C. 1993. Lean production – the end of history? Work, Employment and Society 7: 163-188.
Black SE, Lynch LM. 2004. What’s driving the New Economy: The benefits of workplace innovation. Economic Journal 117: F97-F116.
Blasi JR, Kruse DL. 2006. U.S. high-performance work practices at century’s end. Industrial Relations 45: 547-578.
Brenner MD, Fairris D, Ruser J. 2004. “Flexible” work practices and occupational safety and health: Exploring the relationship between cumulative trauma disorders and workplace transformation. Industrial Relations 43: 242-266.
Brown S, Sessions JG. 1996. The economics of absence: Theory and evidence. Journal of Economic Surveys 10: 23-53.
Bryson A, Green F, Whitfield K. 2008. A quarter century of Workplace Employment Relations Surveys. British Journal of Industrial Relations 46: 577-586.
Böckerman P, Ilmakunnas P. 2008. Interaction of working conditions, job satisfaction, and sickness absences: Evidence from a representative sample of employees. Social Science and Medicine 67: 520-528.
Böckerman P, Ilmakunnas P. 2009. Job disamenities, job satisfaction, quit intentions, and actual separations: Putting the pieces together. Industrial Relations 48: 73-96.
Cappelari L, Jenkins SP. 2003. Multivariate probit regression using simulated maximum likelihood. Stata Journal 3: 278-294.
Cappelli P, Neumark D. 2001. Do ‘high-performance’ work practices improve establishment-level outcomes? Industrial and Labor Relations Review 54: 737-775.
Confederation of Finnish Industries. 2008. Työaikakatsaus. Työajat ja poissaolot EK:n jäsenyrityksissä vuonna 2007. (In Finnish). Confederation of Finnish Industries: Helsinki.
Dionne G, Dostie B. 2007. New evidence on the determinants of absenteeism using linked employer-employee data. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 61: 108-120.
Fairris D, Brenner M. 2001. Workplace transformation and the rise in cumulative trauma disorders: Is there a connection? Journal of Labor Research 22: 15-28.
Gimeno D, Benavides FG, Benach J, Amick III BC. 2004a. Distribution of sickness absence in the European Union countries. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 61: 867-869.
Gimeno D, Benavides FG, Amick III BC, Benach J, Martínez JM. 2004b. Psychosocial factors and work related sickness absence among permanent and non-permanent employees. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 58: 870-876.
Godard J. 2001. High performance and the transformation of work? The implications of alternative work practices for the experience and outcomes of work. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 54: 776-805.
Godard J. 2004. A critical assessment of the high-performance paradigm. British Journal of Industrial Relations 42: 349-378.
Green C, Heywood JS. 2008. Does performance pay increase job satisfaction? Economica 75: 710-728.
Greene WH. 2003. Econometric Analysis, 5th ed. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Handel M, Levine DI. 2004. Editors’ introduction: The effects of new work practices on workers. Industrial Relations 43: 1-43.
Harley B. 2005. Hope or hype? High-performance work systems. In Participation and Democracy at Work: Essays in Honour of Harvie Ramsay, Harley B, Hyman J, Thompson P (eds). Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke, U.K.
Holmlund B. 2004. Sickness absence: An introduction. Swedish Economic Policy Review 11: 3-8.
Ichino A, Moretti E. 2009. Biological gender differences, absenteeism and the earnings gap. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1: 183-218.
Ichniowski C, Kochan TA, Levine D, Olson C, Strauss G. 1996. What works at work: Overview and assessment. Industrial Relations 35: 299-333.
Ichniowski C, Shaw K, Prennushi G. 1997. The effects of human resource management practices on productivity: A study of steel finishing lines. The American Economic Review 87: 291-313.
ILO. 1998. Psychosocial and Organizational Factors. Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety. ILO: Geneva.
Jones MK, Jones RJ, Latreille PL, Sloane PJ. 2009. Training, job satisfaction, and workplace performance in Britain: Evidence from WERS 2004. Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 23: 139-175.
Kalmi P, Kauhanen A. 2008. Workplace innovations and employee outcomes: Evidence from Finland. Industrial Relations 47: 430-459.
Karasek R. 1979. Job demands, job decision latitude, and mental strain: Implications for job redesign. Administrative Science Quarterly 24: 285-308.
Kauhanen A. 2009. The incidence of high-performance work systems: Evidence from a nationally representative employee survey. Economic and Industrial Democracy 30: 454-480.
Kivimäki M, Vahtera J, Pentti J, Ferrie JE. 2000. Factors underlying the effect of organisational downsizing on health of employees: Longitudinal cohort study. British Medical Journal 320: 971-975.
Lehto A-M, Sutela H. 2009. Three Decades of Working Conditions. Findings of Finnish Quality of Work Life Surveys 1977-2008. Statistics Finland: Helsinki.
Monfardini C, Radice R. 2008. Testing exogeneity in the bivariate probit model: A Monte Carlo study. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 70: 271-282.
Osterman P. 1994. How common is workplace transformation and how can we explain who adopts it? Industrial and Labor Relations Review 47: 175-188.
Prendergast C. 2002. The tenuous trade-off between risk and incentives. Journal of Political Economy 110: 1071-1102.
Ramsay H, Scholarios D, Harley B. 2000. Employees and high-performance work systems: Testing inside the black box. British Journal of Industrial Relations 38: 501-531.
Tainio R, Lilja K. 2003. The Finnish business system in transition: Outcomes, actors, and their influence. In The Northern Lights – Organization Theory in Scandinavia, Czarniawska B, Sevon G (eds). Copenhagen Business School Press: Copenhagen.
Vahtera J, Kivimäki M, Pentti J, Linna A, Virtanen M, Virtanen P, Ferrie JE. 2004. Organisational downsizing, sickness absence, and mortality: 10-town prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal 328: 555-560.
Virtanen M, Kivimäki M, Elovainio M, Vahtera J, Cooper CA. 2001. Contingent employment, health and sickness absence. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 27: 365-372.
Wilde J. 2000. Identification of multiple equation probit models with endogenous dummy regressors. Economics Letters 69: 309-312.