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Implementing a suitable jobs register in the construction industry : preliminary evidence

Keele, Sophie M., von Treuer, Kathryn and Sturre, Vanessa L. 2011, Implementing a suitable jobs register in the construction industry : preliminary evidence, Australian journal of rehabilitation counselling, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 15-25.

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Title Implementing a suitable jobs register in the construction industry : preliminary evidence
Author(s) Keele, Sophie M.
von Treuer, Kathryn
Sturre, Vanessa L.
Journal name Australian journal of rehabilitation counselling
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 25
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Bowen Hills, Qld.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1323-8922
Keyword(s) return to work
injured workers
construction industry
suitable job register
Summary This pilot study investigated the efficacy of a job register index to support return to work (RTW) for injured workers in the construction industry. Participants included injured workers (n = 22), supervisors/managers (n = 23), treating practitioners (n = 5), occupational rehabilitation consultants (n = 5), union representatives/occupational health and safety representatives (n = 5), RTW coordinators (n = 2), steering committee members (n = 4) and the designated project officer (n = 1). A pre–post test intact group design was used to evaluate the perceived utility of the job register. A partial set of the sample including injured workers and supervisors/managers participated in the pretrial phase (n = 28) while the trial phase included more numerous stakeholder groups to assess the perceived utility of the register (n = 39). Participants completed surveys that incorporated a number of differing sections including injury description and circumstances, communication and collaboration with others, their overall opinion of the return to work process in general and suggestions for future improvements. Additional questions were designed for those participating in the trial with regards to the efficacy of the register. Data were analysed using analysis of variance procedures with pairwise comparisons of pre–post intervention test means. Alternative job options were seen to be offered more frequently. Communication and cooperation improved post implementation. Supervisors perceived the job register a useful innovation to facilitate RTW. The register represents a new resource to the construction industry with potential for wider application following further study.
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
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