Identifying well-being challenges and solutions in the police service: A World Café approach

Andrew James Clements*, Adrienne Sharples, Gail Kinman

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Police work presents risks to mental and physical health for officers and civilian staff. We report a project using an innovative method that involved police employees in identifying well-being challenges and potential solutions. We facilitated ‘World Café’ events in which approximately 180 officers and civilian staff participated. Qualitative data were collected and thematically analysed drawing upon the Job Demands-Resources model. We developed themes relating to workload, management practices, occupational health processes, and continuing mental health stigma. Our analyses suggest an environment in which resources are insufficient to meet demands and the resulting pressures may contribute to management behaviours that can impair subordinate well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-101
Number of pages20
JournalThe Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021

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  • well-being
  • job demands
  • job resources
  • organisational development


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