Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: a benchmarking approach

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621928
Title:
Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: a benchmarking approach
Authors:
Kinman, Gail ( 0000-0002-0130-1708 ) ; Clements, Andrew James ( 0000-0003-0265-0376 ) ; Hart, Jacqui
Abstract:
Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to examine the well-being of UK prison officers by utilising a benchmarking approach. Design/methodology/approach-The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Stress Indicator Tool is widely used in the UK to assess key psychosocial hazards in the workplace encompassing demands, control, support from managers and co-workers, relationship quality, role and change management. This study utilises this approach to examine the extent to which a sample of UK prison officers meets the HSE recommended minimum standards for the management of work-related well-being. Levels of mental health and job satisfaction in the sector are also assessed using measures with extensive occupational norms. The psychosocial hazards that make the strongest contribution to mental health and job satisfaction are also considered. Findings-Respondents reported lower levels of well-being for all of the hazard categories than recommended. Moreover, mental health and job satisfaction were considerably poorer among prison officers than other occupational groups within the emergency and security services in the UK. Considerable variation was found in the psychosocial hazards that predicted mental health and job satisfaction. Practical implications-The high levels of stressors and strains experienced by UK prison officers gives serious cause for concern. Priority areas for interventions to enhance well-being in the sector are considered and areas for future research discussed. Originality/value-This study highlights the wide-ranging benefits of a benchmarking approach to investigate work-related stressors and strains at the sector level.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Kinman G., Clements A., Hart J. (2016) 'Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: a benchmarking approach', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9 (3), pp.290-307.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Issue Date:
20-Jun-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621928
DOI:
10.1108/IJWHM-09-2015-0054
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJWHM-09-2015-0054
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1753-8351
EISSN:
1753-8351
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen
dc.contributor.authorClements, Andrew Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorHart, Jacquien
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-09T13:21:34Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-09T13:21:34Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-20-
dc.identifier.citationKinman G., Clements A., Hart J. (2016) 'Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: a benchmarking approach', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9 (3), pp.290-307.en
dc.identifier.issn1753-8351-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/IJWHM-09-2015-0054-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/621928-
dc.description.abstractPurpose-The purpose of this paper is to examine the well-being of UK prison officers by utilising a benchmarking approach. Design/methodology/approach-The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Stress Indicator Tool is widely used in the UK to assess key psychosocial hazards in the workplace encompassing demands, control, support from managers and co-workers, relationship quality, role and change management. This study utilises this approach to examine the extent to which a sample of UK prison officers meets the HSE recommended minimum standards for the management of work-related well-being. Levels of mental health and job satisfaction in the sector are also assessed using measures with extensive occupational norms. The psychosocial hazards that make the strongest contribution to mental health and job satisfaction are also considered. Findings-Respondents reported lower levels of well-being for all of the hazard categories than recommended. Moreover, mental health and job satisfaction were considerably poorer among prison officers than other occupational groups within the emergency and security services in the UK. Considerable variation was found in the psychosocial hazards that predicted mental health and job satisfaction. Practical implications-The high levels of stressors and strains experienced by UK prison officers gives serious cause for concern. Priority areas for interventions to enhance well-being in the sector are considered and areas for future research discussed. Originality/value-This study highlights the wide-ranging benefits of a benchmarking approach to investigate work-related stressors and strains at the sector level.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJWHM-09-2015-0054en
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectprison officersen
dc.subjectHSEen
dc.subjectworkplace healthen
dc.subjectmeasurementen
dc.subjectjob satisfactionen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.subjectstressen
dc.subjectC811 Occupational Psychologyen
dc.subjectwork-related stressen
dc.titleWork-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: a benchmarking approachen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1753-8351-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Workplace Health Managementen
dc.date.updated2017-01-09T11:59:47Z-
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