Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 6: Job resources and outcomes in the process of bullying: a study in a Norwegian healthcare setting

Espen Olsen, Maria Therese Jensen, Gunhild Bjaalid and Aslaug Mikkelsen


The aim of the current study is to explore associations between job resources and bullying, in addition to outcomes of bullying in a Norwegian healthcare setting. Self-report questionnaire data from hospital workers at four different hospitals were collected (N = 9162). Results demonstrated that job resources were negatively related to bullying. Specifically, we found that autonomy, social support and competence development were all negatively associated with bullying. Also, hospital management quality and local leadership quality were negatively related to bullying, and hospital management quality had an indirect association with bullying through local leadership quality. Bullying was also found to be negatively associated with several desirable outcomes, including job commitment, job performance, work ability, job satisfaction and turnover intentions. The current study emphasizes the importance of monitoring and managing job resources as well as strengthening hospital management quality and local leadership quality in order to reduce bullying.

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