Organisational Change, Absenteeism and Welfare Dependency

2005/9: Røed, K., & E., Fevang, The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and HERO
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In this report the authors show that recent attempts to reorganise and cut costs in the Norwegian health care and social services sectors have had the unintended side effects of raising the level of sickness absence and disability among the employees, and that these effects have persisted several years after completion of the reorganisation processes. Since a substantial proportion of the resulting costs are external to the decision-makers, we suspect that the pace of change may have been excessively high. Changes that were efficient from each service provider’s point of view may have been inefficient from a social and a public-finance point of view.

ISBN 82-7756-154-7
Publisert 25. mai 2011 16:22 - Sist endret 27. sep. 2011 15:52