recent projects include:
With advances in cancer screening and treatment, cancer is easier to detect in earlier stages, more patients are surviving, and more survivors continue working through and after treatment. To better understand how employees and employers manage this stressful period in a worker’s life, iwin researchers are engaged in two studies. This first study is examining the work-life experiences of Kentucky breast cancer survivors employed in low-wage jobs during breast cancer diagnosis.
Through an exploratory, qualitative design, we will conduct in-depth interviews with women in Kentucky employed in a low-level, hourly position at the time they were diagnosed with breast cancer. In doing so, we seek to understand how these survivors manage the treatment and recovery process within the context of their work, family and other life responsibilities. Results from this research could help medical professionals, human resource managers, supervisors and employers assist women during this transition period in their life. Our second study seeks to understand how employers assist employees when they are diagnosed with cancer, and how the process is managed throughout the employees’ treatment and recovery process. Results from this study will identify practices used by employers to assist cancer survivorship and opportunities for intervention research.
Research suggests that supervisor support and leadership practices impact employee stress, health and well-being. iwin is pleased to announce the release of its Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky report. This extensive case study report defines health and wellness from a holistic organizational perspective and highlights Kentucky organizations with exemplary practices and cultures of health and wellness.
Wendy Casper, University of Texas
Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin)
This study explores an understudied population by examining work-life issues of single adults without dependent children. We conducted interviews with 37 adults from this demographic group, and content analyzed the data to identify common themes discussed by these individuals. Results reveal several sources of stress associated with the work-nonwork interface among this group. Findings are discussed in terms of the health and wellness consequences of subtle forms of workplace discrimination, caregiving demands, and lack of supportiveness for nonwork responsibilities.
quality jobs in the new millennium: incorporating flexible work options as a strategy to assist working families
Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D.
Leigh Ann Simmons, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D.
This exploratory study seeks to name the personal, family and job characteristics connected with low-wage workers' job-family strain. Support from the employee's supervisor was independently related to two of the three job-family strain variables.