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Table 1 Variables measured in the St.A.R.T. method

From: Solving a methodological challenge in work stress evaluation with the Stress Assessment and Research Toolkit (StART): a study protocol

Category Risk OIS Focus group Questionnaire Observations
Organisational structure   Distribution of gender in the organisation - - -
Types of contract
Sentinel events   Sickness absences - Intention to quit -
Medical examinations
Disciplinary sanctions
Occupational diseases
Work content Work environment and work equipment Existence of environmental risks Work with adequate equipment Adequacy and equipment properly functioning Description of work environment and work equipment
Task design Existence of an updated job description Task clarity Boredom Frequency and description of tasks
Hitches Frequency of hitches
Easy availability of job description to all workers Interruptions Frequency of interruptions
Workload / Work pace Rating regarding different homogenous families of workers Rests Workload Rests
Achievable goals Job demands
Adequate time  
Work schedule Work schedule Work schedule Work during rest days -
Shifts Work during rest days Hours worked
Unused leave
Work context Organisational culture and function Existence of communication systems Organisational communication and communication concerning organisational changes Communication -
Existence of benefits
Organisational changes occurred
Role in organisation Existence of an organogram Role clarity Role clarity -
Role conflict Role conflict
Existence of a role description
Career Development Data regarding training activities Training Personal development -
Career plan
Existence of a well-defined career plan Reward system
Performance evaluation system
Existence of a well-defined reward system
Existence of a well-defined performance evaluation system
Decision latitude / control Rating regarding different homogenous families of workers Autonomous decision Control -
Autonomy and control in planning work activities
Interpersonal relationships at work Existence of interpersonal conflict management system Count on colleagues/supervisor/organisation help Social support from colleagues/supervisor/organisation Interactions with colleagues/supervisor and customers
Existence of technical/personal support system Mutual respect Conflict Conflict
Home-work interface Benefit Work-family conflict Work-family conflict -
Existence of policies that facilitate the work-family balance Family work facilitation
Individual factors Independent or moderating variables - - Personality traits, self-efficacy -
  Outcome variables - - Job burnout, work engagement, health symptoms, sickness absence -
  1. The table provides examples about variables that will be investigated.