Journal Article

Organizational factors and the attitude toward health promotion in German ICT-companies

Julia Jung, Anika Nitzsche, Lena Ansmann, Nicole Ernstmann, Oliver Ommen, Brigitte Stieler-Lorenz, Jürgen Wasem and Holger Pfaff

in Health Promotion International

Volume 27, issue 3, pages 382-393
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online August 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dar049
Organizational factors and the attitude toward health promotion in German ICT-companies

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This study takes a first step toward examining the relationship between organizational characteristics and the perceived attitude toward health promotion in companies from the perspective of chief executive officers (CEOs). Data for the cross-sectional study were collected through telephone interviews with one CEO from randomly selected companies within the German information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Multivariate logistic regression analysis (LRA) was performed, and further LRA was conducted after stratifying on company size. LRA of data from a total of n = 522 interviews found significant associations between the attitude toward health promotion and the company's market position, its number of hierarchical levels, the percentage of permanent positions and the percentage of employees with an academic education. After stratification on company size, the association between the attitude toward health promotion and both market position and the percentage of employees with an academic education was still present in small companies. There were no significant relationships between the attitude toward health promotion and the structural characteristics of medium-sized and large companies. The preliminary results of the study indicate that a perceived attitude toward health promotion in companies can be explained, to a certain degree, by the intraorganizational characteristics analyzed.

Our key findings highlight that efforts toward establishing a positive attitude toward health promotion should focus on small companies with a lower market position and a greater number of employees with a lower education level.

Keywords: worksite health promotion; attitude; managerial staff attitudes; public health

Journal Article.  5811 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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