Title

Taking the pulse of UK construction project managers' health - Influence of job demands, job control and social support on psychological wellbeing

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Faculty

Business and Public Management

School

Business

RAS ID

3849

Comments

This article was originally published as: Love, P. E. D., & Edwards, D. J. (2005). Taking the pulse of UK construction project managers' health: Influence of job demands, job control and social support on psychological wellbeing. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 12(1), 88-101. Original available here

Abstract

In this paper the predictive capabilities of the full job strain model (JSM) for construction project managers is examined. The principal aim of the work is to determine whether employees' psychological wellbeing in terms of worker health and job satisfaction can be reliably predicted. The full JSM is tested by investigating perceived work demands, job control and social support. The predictive capability of the full JSM (which encompasses job demands, job control and social support) is applied to a sample of construction project managers from the UK. The analysis of the results indicates that the JSM can significantly predict employees' psychological wellbeing in terms of worker health and job satisfaction among the construction project managers sampled. A key finding was that social support had significant (p < 0.0001) main effects on psychological wellbeing. Contrary to previous research, however, non-work-related support was found to be more significant than work support in alleviating psychological strain. A model that incorporates a wider range of variables should be developed to account for the variance in strain between different roles that construction project managers adopt within an organisation and projects so they can be useful for job design.

DOI

10.1108/09699980510576916

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1108/09699980510576916