Work-home interference and well-being: A cross-lagged analysis.
Babic, Audrey ; ; Barbier, Marie et al
Poster (2014, May)Detailed reference viewed: 46 (14 ULg)
Learning and motivation to transfer after an e-learning programme: Impact of trainees’ motivation to train, personal interaction and satisfaction
Peters, Stéphanie ; Barbier, Marie ; Faulx, Daniel et al
in Innovations in Education & Teaching International (2012), 49(4), 375-387
While e-learning appears to be increasingly present in training and education, the systematic evaluation of its effectiveness remains understudied. In this paper, we determine the mediating role of ... [more ▼]
While e-learning appears to be increasingly present in training and education, the systematic evaluation of its effectiveness remains understudied. In this paper, we determine the mediating role of satisfaction between motivation to train and personal interaction on the one hand, and learning and motivation to transfer, on the other hand. A particularity of this study is that we distinguish between different dimensions of satisfaction - enjoyment, utility, difficulty, and take into account lack of personal interaction as a variable influencing satisfaction. Results of structural equation modelling analyses show an impact of the enjoyment dimension on learning, and of the utility and difficulty dimensions on motivation to transfer. The results also stress the importance of interaction opportunities, as these have an indirect effect on learning and motivation to transfer. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 156 (30 ULg)
Etude de prévalence du burnout dans la population des travailleurs belges
Schippers, Nathalie ; DE CIA, Julie ; Barbier, Marie et al
Conference (2011, November 04)Detailed reference viewed: 100 (27 ULg)
A dynamic test of job engegement : personal demands, personal resources, and job resources as predictor.
Barbier, Marie ; ; Hansez, Isabelle
Conference (2010, March 31)Detailed reference viewed: 39 (2 ULg)
Le maintien dans l’emploi des travailleurs âgés dans trois entreprises belges
Bertrand, Françoise ; ; Barbier, Marie et al
in Relations Industrielles = Industrial Relations (2010), 65(3), 400-423
Future economic growth requires the employment of a greater number of workers above 55 years old. To deal with this increasing problem, it is important to identify the preferred solutions of older workers ... [more ▼]
Future economic growth requires the employment of a greater number of workers above 55 years old. To deal with this increasing problem, it is important to identify the preferred solutions of older workers in order to promote the retention of these workers in their jobs. Older workers of three enterprises have been interrogated on this subject. The aim of this study was to identify the best solutions for the workers. A distinction was made between the solutions proposed by the literature and those proposed by the workers in a spontaneous way. We also tried to determine whether the solutions differed as a function of socio-professional category, working time and type of working hours. Finally, this study determined the actions that need to be undertaken: actions regarding discrimination, working conditions, working time and professional development. In particular, this study established that the actions against discrimination are requested more by manual workers, part-time workers and those with variable hours. Therefore, we suggest that the requests of manual workers should be considered differently from those of executives. The latter are searching for more opportunities for development, whereas the manual workers prefer an improvement of working conditions. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 83 (22 ULg)
A test of the Job Demands-Resources model: A social identity theory perspective.
Barbier, Marie ; Hansez, Isabelle
Conference (2009, June 03)
The Job Demands-Resources mode has given rise to numerous studies aimed at a better understanding of positive and negative aspects of wellbeing at work. The existence of a motivational and an energetic ... [more ▼]
The Job Demands-Resources mode has given rise to numerous studies aimed at a better understanding of positive and negative aspects of wellbeing at work. The existence of a motivational and an energetic process leading to, respectively, engagement and exhaustion has been demonstrated. The aim of our study is to test this model using predictors derived from Social Identity Theory (or SIT). We hypothesize that working in a negatively valued occupation is associated with exhaustion and health problems, whereas a high identification with one’s occupational group is associated to engagement and low intent to quit the organisation (or IQ). Structural equation modelling was performed on data collected in a public administration (N = 954). We collected measures of occupation value, group identification, exhaustion, engagement, health problems and IQ. Items were parcelled based on their skewness. Excepted from Chi² being significant (p = .00), fit indices were satisfactory. The link between engagement and IQ is not significant but all other links go in the expected direction. We conclude that a test of the JDR model using SIT brings conclusive results. As a further step, it might be interesting to test interactive effects: results suggest that identification might buffer the relation between occupation value and exhaustion. Second, it might be interesting to introduce boundaries permeability, another key concept of SIT, as a third predictor. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 162 (12 ULg)
A test of the Job Demands-Resources model with alternative measures of strain and well-being
Barbier, Marie ; Hansez, Isabelle
Conference (2009, May)
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Job Demands-Resources model (Demerouti, Bakker, Nachreiner & Schaufeli, 2001) has given rise to numerous studies aimed at a better understanding of positive ... [more ▼]
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Job Demands-Resources model (Demerouti, Bakker, Nachreiner & Schaufeli, 2001) has given rise to numerous studies aimed at a better understanding of positive and negative aspects of wellbeing at work. The existence of a motivational and an energetic process leading to, respectively, engagement and strain has been demonstrated several times, as well as cross-links between the two. However, these studies mainly rely on two measurement tools: the MBI-GS as a measure of strain and the UWES as a measure of engagement. The aim of our study is to test the model using alternative measures. Strain was measured using the NOSI subscale, and engagement using the POSI subscale of the PNOSI, a new tool measuring positive and negative wellbeing. Structural and external validity of this tool have been demonstrated previously (Barbier, Peters & Hansez, submitted). According to the JDR model, we hypothesise that high job demands would lead to strain and then to health problems. Our second hypothesis is that job resources would lead to engagement and then to low intent to leave. Structural equation modelling was performed using Lisrel 8.80 on 954 data collected in a Belgian public institution. As regards to measurement model, results show that a six-factor model (demands, resources, strain, engagement, health problems and intent to quit or IQ) shows good fit to data. We first tested the traditional JDR model, but it showed bad fit. Fit was improved when adding a path from resources to strain, from strain to IQ and from engagement to health problems. This alternative model showed better fit than the initial one. This study makes three main contributions. First, it tests the well-established JDR model using alternative measures of positive and negative sides of well-being. Second, it asks questions as to the respective outcomes of strain and engagement. More specifically, the path between engagement and IQ became not significant when a path from strain to IQ was added. That is, IQ seems to be more a product of strain than of (lack of) engagement. Finally, it emphasizes the important role of resources. It may be that the link between resources and low IQ would be mediated by low level of strain rather than by high level of engagement. Similarly, the relation between engagement and health problem is positive, which raises questions as to the pre-supposed positive effects of engagement. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 232 (5 ULg)
Measuring positive and negative aspects of well-being at work: Intern and extern validity of the PNOSI.
Barbier, Marie ; Hansez, Isabelle
Conference (2009, May)
With the emergence of positive psychology, research interest in workers positive responses to work conditions has gained ground fast. In the beginning of the 21st century, our unit developed the PNOSI, a ... [more ▼]
With the emergence of positive psychology, research interest in workers positive responses to work conditions has gained ground fast. In the beginning of the 21st century, our unit developed the PNOSI, a new tool for measuring Positive and Negative Occupational Stress. Negative occupational stress was defined as the response of workers facing demands they feel they have to manage but for which they doubt necessary resources are available. Positive occupational stress was defined as the response of workers facing demands they feel they have to manage and for which they perceive necessary resources are available. Exploratory analyses (Barbier & Hansez, 2008) have identified a two-factor structure, one measuring Positive Occupational Stress (POSI) and the other measuring Negative Occupational Stress (NOSI). The following research has two goals: establishing PNOSI intern structure through a cross-validation strategy using calibration and validation samples (goal 1), and testing its convergent and discriminant validity (goal 2). As regards to goal 1, structural equation modelling using Lisrel 8.80 was performed on 2,713 data collected in a Belgian electricity company. Results show that the two-factor solution suits data best than an alternative one “wellbeing” factor solution. Moreover, eliminating two items leads to better fit. We then fitted this reduced two-factor structure on more than 15,000 data collected in six companies. Results show that the reduced two-factor solution should be preferred to the alternative one in all six samples. PNOSI intern structure is thus replicated. As regards to goal 2, we calculated correlations between NOSI and POSI scales, and constructs of burnout, engagement, workaholism and commitment. Data were collected in a Belgian public institution (N = 954). NOSI was moderately correlated to our burnout measure, and can thus be considered as a different, even if related, construct. POSI was highly correlated to our measure of engagement, challenging our hypothesis that the two are different constructs. Finally, NOSI was moderately and negatively correlated to commitment and positively correlated to workaholism, whereas the reverse was true for POSI. It seems thus that NOSI is distinct from burnout, workaholism and commitment, whereas POSI is distinct from workaholism and commitment. To conclude, we can say that PNOSI two-factor structure is established. NOSI shows convergent validity with the similar construct of burnout, but is distinct from it. Results are less clear concerning POSI and engagement. Finally, NOSI and POSI are differently related to constructs of commitment and workaholism; their discriminant validity is thus established. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 145 (18 ULg)
Measuring positive and negative occupational states (PNOSI) : Structural confirmation of a new Belgian tool
Barbier, Marie ; Peters, Stéphanie ; Hansez, Isabelle
in Psychologica Belgica (2009), 49(4), 227-247
This article reports on the validation of the Positive and Negative Occupational States Inventory (PNOSI), a new tool for measuring positive and negative occupational states. Three goals were defined ... [more ▼]
This article reports on the validation of the Positive and Negative Occupational States Inventory (PNOSI), a new tool for measuring positive and negative occupational states. Three goals were defined: testing the structural validity of the PNOSI, testing its stability, and testing its convergent and discriminant validity with engagement, burnout, commitment, and workaholism. Data were collected in seven different companies (more than 16,000 participants). The factorial validity of the PNOSI was demonstrated using covariance structure analyses. A two-factor model with a negative occupational state factor and a positive occupational state factor fitted the data better than an alternative one-factor model. The two corresponding scales demonstrated good internal consistency. The results confirmed that positive and negative occupational states are distinct constructs and should be measured with different items. Convergent and discriminant validity with related constructs, such as engagement, burnout, commitment, and workaholism, were also demonstrated. The conclusion is that the PNOSI has good psychometric properties. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 98 (30 ULg)
Evaluation des pratiques de diagnostic de stress au sein d'entreprises belges: facteurs bloquants et facteurs stimulants
Hansez, Isabelle ; Bertrand, Françoise ; Barbier, Marie
in Travail Humain (Le) (2009), 72(2), 127-153
Stress at work has become a major problematic in Europe this last decade. The European and national legal framework has been developed, and several methods for stress diagnosis and stress management ... [more ▼]
Stress at work has become a major problematic in Europe this last decade. The European and national legal framework has been developed, and several methods for stress diagnosis and stress management intervention can be listed. In this context, a systematic examination of diagnosis and interventions taking place in companies is necessary. The objectives of the study were 1) the evaluation of work stress diagnosis practices among Belgian companies, and 2) the identification of factors stimulating or blocking the implementation of stress management interventions. A survey was used to collect data about work stress diagnosis practices. The first objective was explored trough qualitative open questions about stress diagnosis and intervention. The second objective was achieved using a specific questionnaire elaborated for the purpose of the study. On the basis of a review of the scientific literature, this questionnaire assessed stimulating and blocking factors for implementing stress management interventions. The sample includes 180 Belgian companies from different sectors of activity and with different size (from 20 to more than 10000 workers). Only one out of six companies had implemented a diagnosis of stress. Among companies with a stress diagnosis, only one out of two had implemented actions, and only one out of four entered in an evaluation stage. Stimulating factors related to the methodology implemented and the communication process were identified, as well as blocking factors concerned with financial/temporal constraints and the context of change in the company, a factor which is rather new regarding the existing literature. The discussion includes four points of analysis. The interventions which are implemented are clearly concerned with the primary approach focusing on the work environment. Second, the results give support to the necessity for a systematic evaluation process of stress management interventions. Moreover the results give evidence for a need of sensitization and publication of best practices about the necessary stages in the stress prevention process as well as about stimulating and blocking factors. This holds especially true for small size companies which realize less diagnosis than bigger ones. It is also important for companies which are not yet involved in a stress diagnosis, that are less aware of the impact of financial and temporal constraints. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 138 (18 ULg)
Statistical validation of the Positive and Negative Occupational Stress Inventory.
Barbier, Marie ; Peters, Stéphanie ; Hansez, Isabelle
Poster (2008, June)
With the emergence of positive psychology a decade ago, focus on psychology has shifted from human weaknesses to human resources. In work psychology, researchers are interested not only in negative ... [more ▼]
With the emergence of positive psychology a decade ago, focus on psychology has shifted from human weaknesses to human resources. In work psychology, researchers are interested not only in negative responses to professional demands, but also in positive responses. The Positive and Negative Occupational Stress Inventory (PNOSI) was designed to measure both constructs with separate items. This idea was later confirmed by Schaufeli, Salanova, Gonzalez-Roma & Bakker (2002) , according to which positive and negative occupational stress are distinct constructs with different causes and consequences, and should be measured with different items. We first asked 150 psychology students to generate words describing positive and negative stress. This enabled us to elaborate 34 items relating to emotional, cognitive, behavioural and physiological stress manifestations. These items were administered to 152 workers. Exploratory factor analyses showed a two-factor underlying structure. The first factor consisted of eleven items measuring Negative Occupational Stress (NOS), the second consisted of eight items measuring Positive Occupational Stress (POS). This structure was tested on another sample of 4666 workers. Exploratory factor analyses confirmed the two-factor structure. The two subscales have good psychometric properties, α = .87 and α = .84 for NOS and POS, respectively. Results show that the PNOSI can be considered a valid tool for measuring positive and negative sides of well-being at work. Further confirmatory factor analyses should first try to confirm and replicate this structure on different samples. Second, convergent and discriminant validity with related concepts, such as burnout and engagement, should also be tested. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 138 (8 ULg)
Après le diagnostic de stress et des risques psychosociaux, quels freins et stimulants à l'intervention?
; Barbier, Marie ; Bertrand, Françoise et al
Conference (2008, April 11)Detailed reference viewed: 30 (7 ULg)
Le questionnaire de Stress Professionnel Positif et Négatif: Validation interne.
Barbier, Marie ; Hansez, Isabelle
in Pettersen, N.; Boudrias, J. S.; Savoie, A. (Eds.) Entre tradition et innovation, comment transformons-nous l’univers du travail ? Actes du 15ème Congrès de Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations de Langue Française. (2008)
L’émergence du courant de la psychologie positive coïncide, en psychologie du travail, avec le développement d’un intérêt pour les réponses positives des travailleurs à leurs conditions de travail ... [more ▼]
L’émergence du courant de la psychologie positive coïncide, en psychologie du travail, avec le développement d’un intérêt pour les réponses positives des travailleurs à leurs conditions de travail. Parallèlement, le modèle Job Demands-Resources de Schaufeli & Bakker (2004) postule que stress positif et stress négatif sont deux facettes différentes du bien-être au travail, qui sont causées par des conditions et des processus différents, et doivent donc être mesurées par des items différents. Cette étude porte sur la validation interne du questionnaire SPPN, permettant de mesurer le Stress Professionnel Positif et Négatif vécu par les travailleurs. Des analyses factorielles exploratoires ont été réalisées sur un échantillon de 4666 travailleurs, provenant de 9 entreprises belges et françaises actives dans différents secteurs. Les résultats mettent en évidence qu’une structure à deux dimensions, l’une mesurant le Stress Professionnel Positif, l’autre mesurant le Stress Professionnel Négatif, sous-tend le questionnaire. Les qualités psychométriques de ces deux sous-échelles satisfont les critères recommandés. La conclusion insiste sur la nécessité de compléter ces analyses exploratoires par des analyses confirmatoires et des analyses de validité externe. Les apports conceptuels et empiriques de l’outil sont également développés. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 894 (31 ULg)
Après le diagnostic de stress et des risques psychosociaux, quels freins et stimulants à l’intervention ?
Hansez, Isabelle ; Barbier, Marie ; Peters, Stéphanie
Conference (2007, November)Detailed reference viewed: 79 (7 ULg)
Success and failure factors for stress management interventions: Survey of Belgian companies
Barbier, Marie ; Peters, Stéphanie ; Hansez, Isabelle
Conference (2007, May)
Stress at work has become a major problematic in Europe this last decade. Several methods for diagnosis and intervention can be listed. In this context, an examination of interventions taking place in ... [more ▼]
Stress at work has become a major problematic in Europe this last decade. Several methods for diagnosis and intervention can be listed. In this context, an examination of interventions taking place in companies is necessary: what are the reasons for implementing stress prevention programmes (SPP)? Which ones are the most frequent? What are the success and failure factors for implementing SPP? In order to answer those questions, a large scale survey was implemented in Belgian companies (N=210). Results show that a) companies mainly use diagnosis to fulfil legal obligation, b) psychosocial risk assessments are less implemented in small companies (less than 50 workers), c) interventions are rarely systematically evaluated, d) most interventions target work environment, and specifically organisational (rather than ergonomic) outcomes, and e) communication/participation and methodological outcomes facilitate implementation of intervention, whereas changes and time/finances outcomes are blocking factors. To conclude, we can say that our survey emphasizes the relevance of public-awareness campaign (particularly towards small companies) about the necessity of implementing stress prevention program and of proceeding to systematic evaluation of such program. Public-awareness campaign is also needed concerning the impact of facilitating outcomes such as communication, participation and methodology, and of blocking outcomes such as organizational changes, time constraints and costs. Theoretically speaking, our study stresses first the prevalence of work-related interventions that are organisational rather than ergonomic or individual. Another point rather new regarding the existing literature is the blocking aspect of organizational changes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 109 (9 ULg)