Quotation Pihl-Thingvad, Signe, Hansen, Sune, Winter, Vera, Hansen, Michelle, Willems, Jurgen. 2020. Public managers’ role in creating workplace social capital (WSC) and its effect on employees’ well-being and health: a protocol of a longitudinal cohort study (PUMA-WSC). BMJ Open. 10 (e0390), 1-8.




Workplace social capital (WSC) has been shown to affect employees’ well-being and health, yet it is not clear how public managers can create WSC and which forms of WSC are most important. This study is the first prospective cohort study to examine the relationship between management behaviour, WSC, well-being and sickness absence. It uses a validated and detailed scale on WSC, which can distinguish between bonding, bridging, linking and organisational WSC over time. The study thereby provides rich data giving a much-needed detailed image of how WSC impacts on public employees’ well-being and health. Additionally, the study pays special attention to the fact that these relationships can be different for different types of employees and therefore tests a set of relevant employee and context-related variables. Project preparations in terms of agreements and data preparation of existing data started in 2019. This prospective cohort study considers and collects organisational data from 2016 to 2025. Annual employee surveys of more than 8000 employees (in a large Danish municipality) will be combined with register data in all years. This generates a unique cohort of public employees in different professions that are traceable over several years. The annual surveys include information on the management behaviour, WSC and employee outcomes. Fine-grained information on sickness absences will be matched for all employees and years under study. Moreover, confounders and the nested nature of the data will be considered.


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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal BMJ Open
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Public managers’ role in creating workplace social capital (WSC) and its effect on employees’ well-being and health: a protocol of a longitudinal cohort study (PUMA-WSC)
Volume 10
Number e0390
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 8
Reviewed? Y
URL https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/10/e039027
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039027
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/10/e039027


Public Managers’ role in creating Workplace Social Capital and its effect on employees’ well-being and sickness absence – a longitudinal cohort study
Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Hansen, Michelle (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Hansen, Sune (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Pihl-Thingvad, Signe (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Winter, Vera (University of Wuppertal, Germany)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
3423 Social medicine (Details)
3925 Health sciences (Details)
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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