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    Out of mind, out of sight? Leading distributed workers to ensure health and safety

    Nielsen, K. and Daniels, K. and Nayani, R. and Donaldson-Feilder, E. and Lewis, Rachel (2019) Out of mind, out of sight? Leading distributed workers to ensure health and safety. Work and Stress 33 (2), pp. 173-191. ISSN 0267-8373.

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    Current frameworks of leadership are based on face-to-face interaction. A growing number of workers work away from their main location of work; this makes it challenging for leaders to ensure the health and safety of distributed workers. In the present study, we explore the relationship between line managers’ health and safety leadership and distributed workers’ health and safety behaviours. We also explore the organisational procedures and practices that may enhance the impact of health and safety leadership. We included a broad range of distributed workers (in analyses, minimum N = 626) from 11 organisations. We found that health-and-safety-specific leadership was positively related to distributed workers’ self-rated health, safety compliance and safety proactivity. These relationships were augmented by distributed workers’ sense of being included in the workplace. Knowledge sharing among colleagues was associated with safety compliance when health-and-safety-specific leadership was low. Our results indicate that one way of addressing the challenges of distributed working may be through line managers putting health and safety on the agenda.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Rachel Lewis
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 16:44
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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