Occupational health research is focused on the health and well-being of employees. This concern is shared by both workers and organizations. Work plays such a central role in our lives that it is no surprise it can affect our health.
Together with my colleagues, we have examined different methods used in occupational health research, and also created a framework for studying employee mistreatment at different levels.
One stressor I have studied is Organizational Constraints. I examined constraints in relation to other stress variables, as well as to employee performance. We were surprised that organizational constraints, while very stressful, did not have a substantial impact on performance, and we subsequently tested different reasons for that. We found two explanations to the small effect on performance: Upward adjustments that raters make to their performance ratings when constraints are present, and a perspective some employees take, viewing constraints as a challenge rather than a hindrance. These two elements increase employee performance ratings when constraints are high. We are still working towards a better understanding of organizational constraints using different methodologies.
I am also interested in Safety Climate. My colleagues and I have examined the effects of safety climate when considering different sources of climate, as well as for individuals with different levels of occupational callings.
Research that is in earlier stages includes the relationship between work stress and sleep (a diary study using Fitbits to track sleep and physical activity), examining illegitimate tasks and their effects on employees, looking at the effects of workload on performance and strain, and how mindfulness can buffer the effects of workplace boredom on cyberloafing. And this is just a a taste of what’s going on!
Andel, S.A., Pindek, S., & Spector, P.E. (In press). Being Called to Safety: Occupational Callings and Safety Climate in the Emergency Medical Services. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Pindek, S., Kessler, S.R., & Spector, P.E. (2016). A quantitative and qualitative review of what meta-analyses have contributed to our understanding of human resource management. Human Resource Management Review.
Spector, P.E., & Pindek, S. (2016). The future of research methods in occupational health psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
Pindek, S., & Spector, P.E. (2016). Explaining the surprisingly weak relationship between organizational constraints and job performance. Human Performance.
Pindek, S., & Spector, P.E. (2016). Organizational constraints: A meta-analysis of a major stressor. Work & Stress.
Pindek, S., & Spector, P.E. (2015). Contextual factors in employee mistreatment. In P.L. Perrewé, J.R.B. Halbesleben, and C.C. Rosen (Eds.), Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being: Mistreatment in Organizations, Vol 13, (pp. 193-224). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Koslowsky, M. & Pindek, S. (2011). Impression management: Influencing perceptions of self. In D. Chadee (Ed.), Theories in social psychology (pp. 280-296). Wiley-Blackwell, xiv.
Pindek, S., Weisberg, J., & Koslowsky, M. (2010). Human resource management in Israel: A multi-faceted perspective. Human Resource Management Review, 20(3), 173-175.
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