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date: 23 August 2019

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The strong interactions between organizational characteristics, employees' performance, and their well-being are generally recognized. Scientific evidence can contribute to this process of strengthening organizational well-being and its impact on the performance and health of employees. In this article, the focus is put on those particular features of organizations that have direct and long-lasting effects on the health of employees. As far as these features are amenable to organizational change, they point to additional challenges of intervention and organizational development. This article discusses health conditions that are associated with more widely prevalent organizational features. There is now growing recognition that the importance of work for health goes beyond traditional occupational diseases and that it is likely that work makes a greater contribution to ill-health not thought of as “occupational.” Therefore, psychosocial organizational characteristics that are relevant for health define the focus of this article.

Keywords: organizational characteristics, employees' performance, well-being, occupational diseases, ill-health

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