Striving For Excellence (STRIVEX)
The primary goal of our project is to provide an understanding of how employers' strategies for managing sick leaves and employee health have changed over the decades, and how these changes have affected workers' sick leaves and withdrawal from the labour market. Our secondary objectives, which will play a part in achieving our primary objective, are analyses of: i)changing sick pay schemes and work environment, ii) the potential conflict between graded (partial) sick leaves and work structure, iii) the early retirement legislation and the relation to sick
leave and disability benefit receipt iv)strategies for managing workers who are long-term ill or have permanently impaired health, v) the sorting of workers on health and job polarisation, and finally, vi) how social interaction at the workplace and in the neighbourhood changes over time, with respect to sickness absence and withdrawal from work.
We exploit a new detailed questionnaire survey; the Norwegian Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2012 (NWERS2012), which when linked with two employer previous surveys(1997,2003) and added register data on individuals and organisations will give us panel information on establishments and workers over 20 years. Furthermore, we exploit the UK WERS2011 and the previous WERS-studies (1998 and 2004) containing similar questionnaire information on workplaces, as well as questionnaire information on workers. The advantage of the latter is that it can be linked to the workplace data, thus linking worker subjective wellbeing indicators to absence rates in the previous year, and to workplace policies and practices.
Timescale and outputs
The project began in late 2014 and will run until the end of 2016. The outputs will be academic papers.
Funder and partners
The research is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Harald Dale-Olsen and Erling Barth at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research