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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200

Abstract

SHAVA, Herring  and  CHINYAMURINDI, Willie T.. The effects of work resources and career adaptability on employee health: A case of sample of teachers in South Africa. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2071-0763.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v47i0.1816.

ORIENTATION: There is a rise in health-related challenges within the confines of the organisation. Strategies are needed not just from a human resources practitioner but also a theoretical basis in finding solutions to such challengesRESEARCH PURPOSE: Firstly, to determine the effects that work resources have on employee health and its two facets of physical and mental health. Secondly, to determine if career adaptability moderates the relationship between work resources and employee healthMOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Studies exist in the literature that focus on the intersection of individual and organisational factors on health constructs such as mental health. Further, such studies continue to be an issue of inquiry especially within the public service professions such as teaching.RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A quantitative research approach utilising a survey data collection technique was utilised. Simple linear regression and a hierarchical regression were performed to analyse the data.MAIN FINDINGS: Work resources do predict employee mental and physical health. Further, career adaptability does not moderate the relationship between work resources and employee health among teachersPRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Based on the findings, recommendations are made that assist not just teachers but also those engaged in creating a context in which teachers can thrive from a management perspective.CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: The findings help us focus on the notion that in rural high schools of South Africa, a supportive work environment for assisting teachers to utilise work resources for organisational functioning, in a manner that is friendly to their mental and physical health is needed.

Keywords : work resources; career adaptability; employee health; mental health; physical health; public service.

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