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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Research & Publications

The Center’s research focuses on Salutogenesis in working life as a particularly challenging and fast-changing context for health. Currently, we address four topics:

Scope: The general sense of coherence is the key personal health resource identified by Aaron Antonovsky. Our research group adapted this concept to the working context, leading to the work-related sense of coherence. Further, we are interested in the role of resources in developing positive health at work.

2. Salutogenesis in team work

Scope: in fast-changing economies and organizations, teams constitutes the key, immediate context in which working conditions are continuously re-created and in which situation-specific, salutogenic improvements can be achieved. Focusing on team-level, digital interventions considers trends towards collaborative leadership, dynamic teams in agile companies and digitalization of work.

3. Salutogenesis in health care work

Scope: Employees in health care face major challenges due to an aging society, primacy of patient outcomes, shortage of qualified staff, or economic pressure. We examine which resources are particularly relevant for promoting positive health in health care workers – and how these resources can be strengthened.

  • Implementing lean management in healthcare: effects on psychosocial working conditions and employee health
  • Salutogenic leadership- and team-development in health care (coming soon): adopting and testing a digital coach

4. Salutogenesis in crafting jobs and work-releated life styles

Scope: Flexible work requires more conscious, self-determined crafting of work and private life. This research will identify particularly salutogenic crafting behaviors and patterns. This will inform the development of a software app helping to mature personal crafting styles.

  • Health impact of crafting flex work - the prevalence and differential health effects of crafting the job, work-life boundaries and recovery in face of flexible work
  • Development of a software app for crafting flexible work (in planning)

Weiterführende Informationen

Kurzreview Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung

Ergänzender Kommentar des Erstautors Georg Bauer, UZH, 10.9.2018:
Die drei an der Universität Zürich angesiedelten Autoren Georg Bauer, Rebecca Brauchli, Gregor Jenny haben diese Kurzreview zur Arbeitszeit-
flexibilisierung im März 2016 als eine erste  «Auslegeordnung zum Zusammenhang von flexibilisierten Arbeitszeiten und Gesundheit» zu Handen des Auftraggebers Expert Suisse erstellt. Im Ausblick heisst es daher: «Die vorliegende Kurzreview konnte nur eine erste Auslegordnung bezüglich der zu beachtenden Auswirkungen flexibilisierter Arbeitszeiten geben.
In einem zweiten Schritt ist die bestehende Literatur entlang des Modells vertieft zu analysieren und zu bewerten». Ziel der Kurzreview war es, ein Wirkmodell vorzulegen, mit dem man mögliche positive und negative Auswirkungen flexibler Arbeitszeiten reflektieren und anschliessend durch vertiefte Literaturreviews und neue Studien analysieren kann.
Kurzreview Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung