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A healthier working life: the importance of work-integrated learn-ing and physical exercise
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5545-5457
Linnaeus University, Kalmar.
2016 (English)In: 19th QMOD Proceedings. International Confernce on Qualtiy and Service Sciences. Building a Culture for Quality, Innovation and Sustainability, 21-23 September 2016, University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy / [ed] Su Mi Dahlgaard-Park & Jens J. Dahlgaard, Lund, 2016, 1738-1747 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

AbstractPurpose - The purpose of the paper is to explore the role of learning and physical exercise foremployee health from a quality management perspective. Possible correlations that exist betweenemployees' health, work-integrated learning, physical exercise and dimensions underlyingleadership commitment and participation are examined. A case study has been undertakenat a highly innovative company in Sweden. An additional aim is to examine the possibilities forimprovements for the company has as it is in an expansive state.Methodology/approach - The empirical data are derived from two focus group interviews withselected employees having different functions in the studied organisation and two in-depth interviews.Additionally, a questionnaire has been completed by all employees that were presentduring a company meeting. The interviews are analysed with a method inspired by groundedtheory. In addition a SWOT-analysis was carried out.Findings - The statistical analysis revealed significant correlations between the employees' healthand the dimensions development and being informed. Significant correlation was also found betweenthe employees' health and physical exercise during working hours as well as betweenemployee health and work integrated learning. Moreover, the interviews gave insights into theimportant role that physical exercise during the working day has for employee well-being.Research limitation/implication - Since this is a case study the possibility to generalise thefindings outside the company may be limited.Originality/value - The connection between employee health, work-integrated learning andphysical exercise for employees has not been very well examined in previous research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund, 2016. 1738-1747 p.
Keyword [en]
Work-integrated learning. Health. Physical exercise. SWOT-analysis
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Work Sciences
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10556ISBN: 978-91-7623-086-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10556DiVA: diva2:1064508
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19th QMOD-ICQSS Conference International Conference on Quality and Service Sciences
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