SJWEH Supplements are open access, (mostly) non-peer-reviewed articles usually published in theme issues or as part of a series of papers from a conference or workshop. Scand J Work Environ Health stopped publishing SJWEH Supplements in 2009.


SJWEH Supplements 2008;(no 6):91-97    pdf

Jobs, demands, controls—and productivity?

by Korver T

The job demand–control model (including its extension to the job–demand–control–support model) cannot predict gains in productivity, consequent to the adoption of its guidelines for good jobs. The model gains in strength and credibility if productivity considerations are taken into consideration. In this paper, it is argued that the productivity measurement and enhancement system (ProMES) is a good candidate for filling the gap, and the job control questionnaire should be adapted accordingly. It can work both ways. The ProMES is relatively underdeveloped, especially regarding its “contingencies”, in pinpointing which contingencies can be manipulated and with what consequences to the jobs at hand. Some contingencies may offer solutions with short-term advantages and long-term disadvantages. As it stands, the model is silent about such effects. Much can be learned from the conceptual and empirical results and strongholds of the job demand–control model. A “win–win situation” if ever there was one.