Predictors of occupational stress WorkCover occupational stress claims by correctional officers.
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In Australia, occupational stress represents approximately 6.5% of reported workplace injuries, results in an average of 18.4 weeks' absenteeism, and costs Australian organisations approximately $105.5m per annum. The requirement for employers to address this workplace health issue is paramount. This study used archival organisational data to identify the actual predictors of WorkCover occupational stress claims recently submitted by 163 correctional officers in one Australian state. Commonly perceived predictors, such as the gender, tenure and rank of the correctional officers, were not significantly associated with the claim severity or with absenteeism rates. Instead, the claim predictors included the specific role of the correctional officer, the security level of the custodial centre, absentee levels, and the submission of grievance reports against officers. The implications of these results, in terms of subsequent organisational interventions targeted at reducing organisational stress experienced by correctional officers, are discussed.
Journal of Occupational Health and Safety – Australia and New Zealand
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