Organisational factors that influence participation in a wellbeing initiative
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The workplace is a good setting through which health can be promoted. However, workplace health promotion requires employees participate for benefits to be realised. This study aimed to assess how organisational factors affect participation in a wellbeing activity examining the moderating role of work control and the mediating role of participation intentions. 125 people completed a survey assessing organisational factors, work control, and participation intentions, then were offered a free online game to improve wellbeing: The Wellbeing Game. Actual participation was assessed by examining whether individuals made a login to game’s website or not. Data was analysed in multiple regression with moderation and mediation. The results suggest supervisor support and organisational trust were related to intentions to participate in The Wellbeing Game, and the relationship between emotional people demands and participation intentions was moderated by work control. Participation intentions acted as a mediator between work perceptions and actual participation. Availability of workplace health promotion during work hours and variable work schedules were found to be directly related to actual participation, without participation intentions mediating the relationship. These findings have theoretical and practical importance in understanding how organisational factors play a role in employees participating in wellbeing initiatives such as The Wellbeing Game.