Out of mind, out of sight? Leading distributed workers to ensure health and safety

Nielsen, Karina, Daniels, Kevin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8620-886X, Nayani, Rachel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8753-3322, Donaldson-Feilder, Emma and Lewis, Rachel (2019) Out of mind, out of sight? Leading distributed workers to ensure health and safety. Work & Stress, 33 (2). pp. 173-191. ISSN 0267-8373

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Current frameworks of leadership are based on face-to-face interaction. A growing number of workers work away from their main location of work; this makes it challenging for leaders to ensure the health and safety of distributed workers. In the present study, we explore the relationship between line managers’ health and safety leadership and distributed workers’ health and safety behaviours. We also explore the organisational procedures and practices that may enhance the impact of health and safety leadership. We included a broad range of distributed workers (in analyses, minimum N = 626) from 11 organisations. We found that health-and-safety-specific leadership was positively related to distributed workers’ self-rated health, safety compliance and safety proactivity. These relationships were augmented by distributed workers’ sense of being included in the workplace. Knowledge sharing among colleagues was associated with safety compliance when health-and-safety-specific leadership was low. Our results indicate that one way of addressing the challenges of distributed working may be through line managers putting health and safety on the agenda.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Work support by Institution for Occupational Health and Safety grant RC/6981 Special issue: Leading well: Leadership and employee safety and wellbeing Guest editors: Karina M. Nielsen and Toon W. Taris
Uncontrolled Keywords: health leadership,safety leadership,safety,distributed workers,leadership,health,wellbeing,well-being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 02:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68108
DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2018.1509402


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