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Managers’ experiences of engagement with workplace health promotion activities within small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Moore, Ann, Parahoo, Kader and Fleming, Paul (2009) Managers’ experiences of engagement with workplace health promotion activities within small and medium-sized enterprises. In: USE2009: Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business , Elsinore, Denmark. None. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Introduction: The key to success in promoting WHP activity within SMEs is in making managers aware of the benefits and improving strategies to overcome obstacles to engagement. This study aims to provide clarity for key stakeholders of managers’ unique experiences, the problems they face implementing WHP activities and the contextual influences on the choices they make. Methodology: A Heideggerian interpretive phenomenological approach was used to contemplate WHP in the day-to-day life of an SME manager and to reveal rich new insights and a deeper understanding of context specific WHP activity, not achievable or overlooked by empirical approaches. The study was conducted within one Health and Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland. Data was collected from a purposive sample of 18 managers, using in-depth telephone interviews and analysed using Benner’s (1994) data analysis strategy. Findings: A tension was experienced between the benefits participants perceived to be gained from engagement with WHP activity and the struggles and constraints they currently face within the SME setting. These tensions were found to be mediated contextually by having a ‘home-like’ culture within the business, rural setting familiarity, personal experiences of ill-health, small numbers of employees, fears of invading employees’ privacy, and, increasing numbers of migrant workers. Conclusions: When marketing WHP, policy planners and practitioners need to pay more attention to contextual tensions SME managers may experience between what they expect they should do legally and morally, and, limitations imposed upon them by virtue of their size, access to resources and geographical location. In particular, there is a need to focus on the provision of appropriate advice, guidance and support for SME managers to meet the unique health, safety and social needs of migrant employees.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Poster)
Keywords:‘Workplace health promotion’, ‘SME managers’ experiences’, ‘contextual influences’, ‘migrant employees’, ‘phenomenological approach’
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Health Promotion and Adolescent Health
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:6101
Deposited By:Dr Ann Moore
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 14:29
Last Modified:05 Mar 2012 12:06

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