International Seminar on Occupational Health Psychology edition:6 location:Leuven date:12-13 September 2013
Given the increasing interest in positive occupational health interventions in the private sector, ISW Limits recently developed and commercialized an innovative web-based tool, denominated ISAT (Interactive Self-Assessment Tool), which provides insight into employee’s wellbeing, their perceived stress and motivation. It provides advice about coping with mental health problems and stimulates pro-active behavior.
This preliminary study aims to evaluate a web-based positive occupational health intervention tool, by experimental manipulation of a key design feature, the immediate feedback delivered directly to the respondent.
A total 148 subjects were randomly divided into an experimental condition (N=72), which received immediate feedback after answering the self-assessment questionnaires, and a control condition (N=76), which only received delayed feedback. One month later the second measurement took place (N experimental condition=34; N control condition =30).
Overall satisfaction and the intention to actively solve problems were measured using satisfaction survey questions previously used. Self-efficacy was measured using the Dutch adaptation of the General Self-Efficacy Scale . Proactive attitude was measured by the Proactive Attitude Scale and Empowerment by the Worker Empowerment Scale .
The results show that employees who received immediate feedback are more willing to use the tool in the future, and to discuss the problem with others compared to the control condition.
No significant differences were found, in both moments, in proactive attitude, self-efficacy and empowerment aggregated measurements.
Lack of a follow-up measurement of effective change of personal attitudes and behaviors at work.
In the design of a second study, a follow-up measure after a couple of weeks might be needed in order to observe changes with regard to proactivity, self-efficacy and empowerment. We aim to share the design of the second study and receive feedback from other researchers in the field.