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Organizational factors associated with readiness for change in residential aged care settings

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posted on 01.02.2018, 00:00 authored by Kathryn Von TreuerKathryn Von Treuer, Gery KarantzasGery Karantzas, M McCabe, David MellorDavid Mellor, A Konis, T E Davison, D O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Organizational change is inevitable in any workplace. Previous research has shown that leadership and a number of organizational climate and contextual variables can affect the adoption of change initiatives. The effect of these workplace variables is particularly important in stressful work sectors such as aged care where employees work with challenging older clients who frequently exhibit dementia and depression. METHODS: This study sought to examine the effect of organizational climate and leadership variables on organizational readiness for change across 21 residential aged care facilities. Staff from each facility (N = 255) completed a self-report measure assessing organizational factors including organizational climate, leadership and readiness for change. RESULTS: A hierarchical regression model revealed that the organizational climate variables of work pressure, innovation, and transformational leadership were predictive of employee perceptions of organizational readiness for change. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that within aged care facilities an organization's capacity to change their organizational climate and leadership practices may enhance an organization's readiness for change.

History

Journal

BMC health services research

Volume

18

Article number

77

Pagination

1 - 6

Publisher

BioMed Central

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1472-6963

eISSN

1472-6963

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2018, The Authors