Accession Number : ADA321036

Title :   Welzijnsrisico's bij KMA-personeel (Psychosocial Risks at Work, Measured with Personnel from the Royal Military Academy).

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH INST TNO SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)

Personal Author(s) : Orden, C. Y. van ; Langefeld, J. J.

PDF Url : ADA321036

Report Date : 11 OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : All Dutch employers are obliged to carry out an inventarisation of psychosocial risks in the work environment, by quality of work legislation. In the Dutch Army, the Checklist Man & Organization (TOMO), developed by the TNO Human Factors Research Institute, is used for this inventarisation. After a first evaluation in 1995, the TOMO inventory was slightly adjusted, and two response categories were added. This renewed inventory was evaluated again, with personnel of the Royal Military Academy. Ten function groups were involved in the study, all represented by approximately ten employees. Respondents filled in the TOMO, as well as a short questionnaire on rank, experience, and contract. In this report, only the psychosocial risks that were found in the different function groups are described. Technical aspects of the inventory (reliability and validity) are reported elsewhere. In general, most psychosocial risks occur in the area of Task Demands (chapter 1 of TOMO) en Skill Discretion (chapter 4 of TOMO). It is striking that employees with a civil contract report more risks than the military personnel, and that sergeants report more risks than officers. It also seems to matter how long people have been working in their job: freshmen, or very experienced employees report more risks than those who have been carrying out their jobs for a 'mediocre' period of time. All this causes some interpretation problems. Risks do not automatically have to do with functions, but one should bear in mind rank, contract, and experience. In the appendix, the total TOMO inventory is included, as well as summaries of the 'risks' per function group.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *JOBS, *RISK, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *NETHERLANDS, *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, RESPONSE, WORK FUNCTIONS, INVENTORY, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, QUESTIONNAIRES, DUTCH LANGUAGE, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE