The relationship between leadership support, workplace health promotion and employee wellbeing in South Africa

Milner, Karen, Greyling, Michael, Goetzel, Ron, da Silva, Roseanne, Kolbe-Alexander, Tracey, Patel, Deepak, Nossel, Craig and Beckowski, Megan (2013) The relationship between leadership support, workplace health promotion and employee wellbeing in South Africa. Health Promotion International, 30 3: 514-522. doi:10.1093/heapro/dat064


Author Milner, Karen
Greyling, Michael
Goetzel, Ron
da Silva, Roseanne
Kolbe-Alexander, Tracey
Patel, Deepak
Nossel, Craig
Beckowski, Megan
Title The relationship between leadership support, workplace health promotion and employee wellbeing in South Africa
Journal name Health Promotion International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-4824
1460-2245
Publication date 2013-10-18
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dat064
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 514
End page 522
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract Leadership support has been identified as an essential component of successful workplace health promotion (WHP) programs. However, there is little research in this area and even less theoretical conceptualization on ways in which leadership support for WHP is related to improved employee wellbeing. In this paper, we developed and tested a model of leadership support for WHP and employee wellbeing outcomes using employer and employee data gathered from 71 South African organizations. A theoretical model based on social exchange theory was developed. It was hypothesized that perceptions of company commitment to health promotion mediates the relationship between leadership support, the provision of WHP facilities and employee wellbeing. A hierarchical structural equation modeling technique was used to test the model. We determined that leaders' support for WHP was important insofar as they also provided health promotion facilities to their employees. No direct relationship was found between leadership support alone and employee wellbeing.
Keyword Employee
Health promotion programs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 18 October 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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