Perceived Collective Use of Selection, Optimisation, and Compensation: Associations with Work Ability




Health, Working Environment & Wellbeing, Organization & Management


Background: Individual use of selection, optimisation, and compensation (SOC) is positively associated with work ability; however, this association has never been explored at the group or leadership levels.
Aim: The aim of this study is to explore the strength of associations between employee-rated use of SOC at the individual, group, and leadership levels and self-rated work ability among nurses. Method: A random sample of 2000 nurses were invited to participate in a questionnaire survey, among whom 785 responded.
Results: Employee-rated use of SOC at the individual and group levels was positively associated with self-rated work ability when controlling for psychosocial working environment factors and health. The association was strongest at the group level.
Conclusion: Efforts to enhance the collective use of SOC may prove beneficial to maintain the work ability of nurses and retain them in the profession.

Author Biographies

Annette Meng, National Research Center for the Working Environment

Researcher. E-mail:

Iben Louise Karlsen, National Research Center for the Working Environment


Vilhelm Borg, National Research Center for the Working Environment


Thomas Clausen, National Research Center for the Working Environment

Senior researcher


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How to Cite

Meng, A., Karlsen, I. L., Borg, V., & Clausen, T. (2022). Perceived Collective Use of Selection, Optimisation, and Compensation: Associations with Work Ability. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 13(1).