Managing new intensified job demands through self-regulative resources: A large-scale study across occupations and age groups (IJDFIN)

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Funds granted by main funder (€)

232 000,00

Funding program

Academy Project, AoF (Academy of Finland)

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2017

Project end date: 31/08/2021


Work intensification and intensified job demands (IJDs) are new, little studied stressors in today’s working life. Their implications for employees as well as the resources with which employees can manage them are largely unknown. This research seeks to answer 8 questions: 1) What is the essence and prevalence of work intensification in terms of IJDs, and what self-regulative resources can employees invoke to cope with work intensification across occupational and age groups? 2) Are IJDs related to employees’ well-being and job performance? 3) Do self-regulatory resources buffer against IJDs in relation to well-being and job performance? 4) Do IJDs change over time and how are these changes related to changes in well-being and job performance? 5) Are IJDs shared stressors among employees belonging to the same work units/teams? 6) Do shared IJDs relate to well-being and job performance at the between (work unit level) and within (individual) level? 7) Do shared IJDs intensify or mitigate the relationships between IJDs and outcomes (well-being, job performance) at an individual (within) level? 8) Do the buffering effects of self-regulative resources between IJDs, well-being and job performance emerge at within- but also at between-levels? Question 1 (study I) will be studied qualitatively through focus group interviews. Questions 2-4 (study II) will be studied by utilizing large survey data sets (targeted at 15 000 employees) collected from different occupational and age groups longitudinally at three time points (2018, 2019, 2020). Questions 5-8 (study III) will be studied by gathering multi-level (quantitative) data from one ICT organization. This research, consisting of 3 large sub-studies, is to be conducted as a consortium shedding light on the same phenomena and their inter-linkages, but from different methodological perspectives. The costs applied for from the Academy of Finland are 389 535 (total costs 556 480) for UTA and 232 007 (total costs 331 438) for JYU.

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