Special Issue "Psycho-Social Factors of Workplace Health and Safety"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Factors and Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Adem Sav
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane, Queensland 4059, Australia
Interests: psychosocial health; mental health in the workplace; occupational health; work-life balance; chronic disease; person-centered care; healthcare use

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Psycho-social hazards in the workplace are aspects of work which have the potential to cause psychological or physical harm. In the past two decades, we have witnessed increasing research interest in the role of psycho-social hazards within the workplace. It has been well established that work-related psychosocial hazards and risk factors, such as stress, fatigue, bullying, violence, aggression, and burnout, can be negatively influence the health and safety of workers, and can also have negative consequences on the workplace overall. The current pandemic (COVID19) has further brought new psycho-social challenges for the health and wellbeing of workers, with many workers having their working arrangements and conditions significantly affected.

This Special Issue, entitled “Psycho-Social Hazards in the Workplace", will feature original research papers (qualitative research, quantitative research, and mixed methods), reviews, short reports, or opinion pieces, which focus on (i) the changing nature of work, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic, and the challenge of psycho-social hazards within the workplace; (ii) the impact of psychosocial workplace hazards on the health and safety of workers; (iii) the impact of impact psychosocial hazards on workplace outcomes (e.g., absenteeism and presenteeism, lower job engagement and reduced job performance, etc.); (iv) evidence-based approaches to reduce or manage psychosocial hazards within the workplace.

Dr. Adem Sav
Guest Editor

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  • psychosocial health
  • psychosocial hazards
  • workplace health and safety
  • mental health in the workplace
  • occupational health

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Senior Managers’ Experience with Health, Happiness, and Motivation in Hospitals and the Perceived Impact on Health Systems: The Case of Meru County, Kenya
Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 350; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030350 - 18 Mar 2021
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Hospitals play a significant role in health systems. Studies among the health workforce have revealed their experiences with mental health challenges. In comparison, there is limited literature on their positive mental health. The purpose of this study was to explore senior managers’ experiences [...] Read more.
Hospitals play a significant role in health systems. Studies among the health workforce have revealed their experiences with mental health challenges. In comparison, there is limited literature on their positive mental health. The purpose of this study was to explore senior managers’ experiences with health status, happiness, and motivation in hospitals and the perceived impact on the health system in Kenya. This qualitative study applied a phenomenological research design. Senior managers within the hospital management teams were selected using purposive sampling. Semi-structured interviews were carried out among senior managers across eleven hospitals in Meru County, Kenya. Among the eleven participants 63.6% were female and 36.4%, were male and the mean age was 44.5 years. The audio-taped data were transcribed and analyzed using Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach. The five themes revealed were: (1) Happiness in the health system; (2) Health status in the health system; (3) Motivation in the health system; (4) Challenges in the health system; (5) Possible solutions to the challenges in the health system. This study revealed the positive and negative impact of the three domains, challenges, and solutions, from the senior managers’ perspective. Healthy, happy, and motivated senior managers and healthcare workers are more responsive and perform better. Policy interventions and programs promoting happiness, health status, and motivation are necessary for strengthening the health workforce and health system. Full article
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