Application of a sense of coherence-based leadership for productivity and health at Scania
by Bengt Halling; Peter Magnusson; Martin Lyckström; Katarina Wijk
International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (IJHFE), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2019

Abstract: The purpose was to explore if sense of coherence (SOC) theory can be used in human factors ergonomics (HFE) practice as a leadership approach to decrease the rate of sick leave and rehabilitation cases and increase work attendance among assembly personnel without impeding productivity. Via three studies carried out at the Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, we investigated the company's key performance indicators and documented meetings with managers during the intervention. The results show that SOC can be used in HFE practice and that productivity, quality and attendance at work increased, while rehabilitation cases decreased. Our conclusion is that a health promotion approach among managers is essential in a lean organisation that aims to reduce waste in the company and optimise human capability and thereby productivity. SOC theory can support the creation of workplaces that are high performing and healthy, starting with concerns for the people creating the output.

Online publication date: Thu, 12-Sep-2019

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