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Building engagement and healthy organisations

Validation of the Nordic Questionnaire on Positive Organisational Psychology (N-POP). The Third Report from the Nordic Project

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The main aim of the project was to investigate the predictors of positive work-related states and attitudes, e.g. work engagement, meaning at work and personal growth, and healthy organisations. A questionnaire on these positive factors at work were pilot-tested through a data collection in chosen companies in Norway and Sweden. The results of these studies were used as a base for a preliminary validation of the Nordic Questionnaire on Positive Organisational Psychology (N-POP) published in this report. It is concluded that the N-POP constitutes a reliable and valid instrument. The concluding summary suggests that the concepts of work environment, health and productivity do indeed seem able to flow together to reach an optimal point at which well-being at the individual level is coexistent with efficient and productive work organisations.

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Discussion

The aim of this report was to investigate the relevance of a series of positive psychological concepts in a Nordic context. As stated in the introduction, Nordic welfare societies are faced with a dual challenge in terms of ageing populations on the one hand and increasing competitive pressures from a globalised economy on the other. It is the contention of the authors of the present report that the insight of positive work and organisational psychology could contribute to enhancing the long-term sustainability of the Nordic economies as on the one hand it helps to increase the labour supply in the Nordic countries and on the other hand an increased focus on a positive psychosocial work environment could help to bolster the productive capacities of employees and organisations without compromising the long-term health of either.

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