The relational fit in organizational Interventions-what can organizational research learn from research in psychotherapy?

Tidsskriftartikel - 2021

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There is a growing interest in organizational interventions (OI) aiming to increase employees' well-being. An OI involves changes in the way work is designed, organized, and managed. Studies have shown that an OI's positive results are increased if there is a good fit between context and intervention and between participant and intervention. In this article, we propose that a third fit-the Relational Fit (R-Fit)-also plays an important role in determining an intervention's outcome. The R-Fit consists of factors related to (1) the employees participating in the OI, (2) the intervention facilitator, and (3) the quality of the relation between participants and the intervention facilitator. The concept of the R-Fit is inspired by research in psychotherapy documenting that participant factors, therapist factors, and the quality of the relations explain 40% of the effect of an intervention. We call attention to the importance of systematically evaluating and improving the R-Fit in OIs. This is important to enhance the positive outcomes in OIs and thereby increase both the well-being and productivity of employees. We introduce concrete measures that can be used to study and evaluate the R-Fit. This article is the first to combine knowledge from research in psychotherapy with research on OIs.

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Andersen MF, Nielsen K, Ajslev JZN. The relational fit in organizational Interventions-what can organizational research learn from research in psychotherapy?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021;18(15):8104.
doi: 10.3390/ijerph18158104

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