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Security Practices, enterprise tradition, and office InjuriesRichard J. Butler and Yong-Seung ParkThe authors current research of the influence of varied HRM practices on companies' employees' reimbursement charges; in particular, which practices decrease agencies' employees' reimbursement charges and no matter if the effect is the results of alterations in technical potency or brought about alterations in employees' habit.

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There are reasons why even those who are not laid off may be affected by the reduction in force. Downsizing frequently increases job stress (Mishra and Spreitzer 1998), and stress is known to affect workers’ health and their tolerance for pain. indb 26 6/22/2005 11:51:38 AM Prior Studies of Human Resource Management and Safety 27 well compensated for their work can work even if they are experiencing some level of discomfort. Once the rewarding, interesting work disappears or the work becomes stressful, then pain becomes more noticeable (Fordyce 1996; Smith and Carayon 1996).

Prior Studies of Human Resource Management and Safety 19 most precarious employment outlooks, so their measure of worker decision making may have been confounded with the effects of expected downsizing (which, for moral hazard reasons, may increase reported claims). Moreover, the authors’ use of workers’ self-reports on firms’ safety may also have led to biased recall: conventional wood-product mill workers seemed to underreport their accidents, while cooperative workers seemed to overreport their accidents.

In particular, it analyzes the impact of the three important dimensions of HRM practices on safety: employee participation in decision making, employee participation in financial returns, and the firm’s management safety culture. In addition, this is the first study to consider the effect of each of these factors on claim frequency and claim severity, and to ask whether any observed change is the result of changes in technical efficiency or moral hazard (principal-agent) incentives. As workers and managers get more involved with firm safety (and as HRM practices increase within a firm), we generally expect that workers’ compensation costs will fall.

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