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Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?

Böckerman, Petri and Johansson, Edvard and Kauhanen, Antti (2009): Innovative Work Practices and Sickness Absence: What Does a Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?

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Abstract

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.

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