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    Review of 'Psychosocial risks in the working environment : Approaches to formative risk assessment'

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    Important work, but could be enriched with more discussions and made better in terms of language.
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    Psychosocial risks in the working environment : Approaches to formative risk assessment

    The following explanations are based on the central reference points and results of the basic research project on psychosocial risks in the world of work, which was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The aim of this project was to develop a formative risk assessment of psychosocial risks in the world of work with a special focus on the dynamic interdependencies between gainful employment and care work as well as structural work stress and subjectively perceived work stress. The result of this project is a theoretical-generic model of a formative risk assessment, which can be specifically configured for different stakeholder groups and was operationalized as a psychotherapeutic medical product via the Innosuisse project "SELBA" (Self Recognize, Understand, Change and Monitor Work Stresses and Strains).
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      10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-SOCSCI.APWS63S.v1.RJIPGZ
      This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com.

      Sociology,Psychology,General social science,Mathematical modeling & Computation
      Risk assessment,psychosocial risks,transactional stress model,subject science, system dynamics,blended therapy

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      The authors have presented a theoretical-generic model of formative risk assessment for psychosocial risks in the work environment. The work is based on a long-running field project. This is an appreciable attempt.

      What is important as per my assessment is that they have highlighted the importance of community-based modelling, visual boundary objects, policy design, and continuous problem updating to process interactions between structural workloads and work-related stress. Such efforts are necessary for the progress of the field.

      I would also have loved to see a discussion on the disparities between geographies/economies in the practical aspect of implementing risk assessment protocols.

      I presume that this manuscript was translated from another language to English, and hence there appear to be some issues with language, puncuation etc. For instance, there is repeated references to 'Chapters' within the manuscript, which is somewhat unusual for article length pieces such as this one.

      The language within Figure 1 and Figure 2 is also not English. Such shortcomings create an issue with comprehension.

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      Many thanks Chinchu Chithrangathan for the appreciative review. We have addressed the suggestions for improvement as follows:

      "I would also have loved to see a discussion on the disparities between geographies/economies in the practical aspect of implementing risk assessment protocols."

      • This aspect is still a research desideratum. Such data could only be accessed after the formative risk assessment has run for a certain period of time. We have included this desideratum in the last chapter as a future research task

      "I presume that this manuscript was translated from another language to English, and hence there appear to be some issues with language, puncuation etc. For instance, there is repeated references to 'Chapters' within the manuscript, which is somewhat unusual for article length pieces such as this one."

      • Yes, the two research projects were conducted in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The article also translated from German into English with the help of a translation agency. The 2nd version was revised again.

      "The language within Figure 1 and Figure 2 is also not English. Such shortcomings create an issue with comprehension."

      • The figures are screenshots from the software and cannot be translated directly. We have explained the contents in the text.
      2023-05-31 11:39 UTC
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