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Innovative Work Practices And Sickness Absence: What Does A Nationally Representative Employee Survey Tell?

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The paper examines the effect of innovative work practices on the prevalence of sickness absence and accidents at work. The authors focus on several different aspects of workplace innovations (self-managed teams, information sharing, employer-provided training and incentive pay) along with the "Bundles" of those practices. They use nationally representative individual-level data from the Finnish Quality of Work Life Survey from 2008. Using single equation models, they find that innovative work practices increase short-term sickness absence for blue-collar and lower white-collar employees. In two-equation models that treat innovative workplace practices as endogenous variables they do not find relationship between innovative work practices and sickness absence or accidents at work.

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