Nationally representative longitudinal work environment survey

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2006
End date: 31/12/2008
Funding: 4600000 SEK


Goal fulfilment: The goal was to establish a cohort study based on the Swedish Work Environment Survey (SWES) 2003 and 2005. We constructed an extensive postal questionnaire with focus on the psychosocial environment. Established theoretical models (demand control support, effort reward and organisational justice) as well as several newly constructed questions were utilised in the questionnaire. Some themes that were introduced were: Leadership questions (mainly from the international GLOBE and Setterlind et al), solution of conflicts, stress caused by information technology, covert coping, and performance based self esteem (Hallsten). New questions were also introduced regarding humanistic work environments, cultural activities through work, decision making and democracy in the worksite and social demands. Some questions from SWES regarding physical demands, violence and threats of violence and bullying were also included. Balance between work and leisure was explored as well as ”subjective social class” (the ”social ladder” form the Whitehall II study). In addition standardised measures were selected for the examination of subjective mental health: Emotional exhaustion according to Maslach (a proxy of burnout), depressive symptoms (short version from SCL introduced by Bech), cognitive symptoms (from COPSOQ), self reported health, and sleep disturbances (Åkerstedt et al). Self-reported data are supplemented with prospective data collected from registers; mortality, hospitalisation, sick-eave and financial activity in the work place (for instance staff turnover) year by year.

Two waves of data collection have been completed, in 2006 (follow-up of the participants in SWES 2003) and 2008 (second follow-up of SWES 2003 plus the participants in SWES 2005). The participation rate was 65% in 2006 and 60% 2008. A third data collection is ongoing (2010).

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