Th-SYM-2390-3 - Promoting Psychological Resources Through Customized Interventions

Workplace Health
Thursday May 18   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Workplace health promotion
Promoting psychological resources through customized interventions
A. Michel 1,*, A. Steidle 2
1Federal Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, Dortmund, 2Ludwigsburg University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
Psychological resources are highly valued. Particularly, during the current human energy crises, it is crucial that employees and organizations learn how to build and enlarge their psychological resources on the individual, interpersonal, and organizational level. Building on previous work on resource-oriented interventions (Michel, O’Shea, & Hoppe, 2015), we focus on how and under which conditions employees and organizations benefit from specific interventions.
New perspectives/Contributions
Research on resource-oriented interventions typically compares the impact of one default intervention with waitlist control group on energy resources or affect. However, the symposium presentations confirm that resource-oriented interventions can fuel a variety of different psychological resources, ranging from specific individual states (e.g. stimulation, relaxation) over individual capabilities (e.g., retirement resources) to interpersonal and organizational resources (e.g. proactive behavior). Results reveal that the beneficial effects of the interventions depend on the intervention itself as well as on individual and interpersonal variables.
Research/Practical Implications
The papers to be presented in the symposium highlight the utility of considering underlying mechanism and moderating factors, to design customized interventions targeting specific competencies, states, and behaviors. Perceptions of the interventions itself and the social environment as well as personal factors (e.g., gender, social skills) limit intervention success.
The papers in this symposium choose several innovative ways to maximize the intervention effectiveness, for instance, providing an intervention tool-kit or using novel technologies such as head-mounted displays. The differences in the selection of a control group and the respective results will provide food for methodological discussion.


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