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Can training improve psychosocial work factors?

A workplace strength-training programme did not improve self-reported psychosocial work factors or job satisfaction in this randomised control trial among Danish laboratory technicians (83% female). The intervention group (n = 199) undertook three 20-minute sessions of high-intensity strength training per week, in working hours and located as close as possible to the worksites. The control group (n = 228) received advice to stay physically active and were consulted once a week by a supervisor. There were no statistically significant differences from baseline to follow-up in any of the tested psychosocial work factors in the intervention group – influence at work; sense of community; time pressure – or in job satisfaction.

International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 2012; online first: doi 10.1007/s00420-012-0823-z. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00420-012-0823-z

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2013 (vol. 09/5) pp41