Working together, thinking differently? HRM practices and trust in the health care context

Amit Gur, Shay S. Tzafrir

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Purpose: Providing health care services requires collaboration between several occupations. This study aimed to reveal how three occupational groups (nurses, physicians, and administrators) perceive human resources management practices (HRMP) and whether these practices are differently associated with trust in the clinic manager. Design/methodology/approach: The study included 290 employees from 29 primary care clinics, all affiliated with a health care organisation that operates in the public sector. Self-reporting questionnaires measured participants’ perceptions of six HRMP across occupations and their association with trust in the clinic manager. Variation between occupational groups was analysed through one-way analysis of variance (for groups’ perceptions of HRMP and trust in manager) and t-tests (for the association between perceived HRMP and trust in manager). Findings: The results indicate some differences in perceived HRMP and trust across groups. Also, some differences were found across occupations regarding the relationship between HRMP and trust in the clinic manager: Nurses’ perceptions significantly differed from those of physicians and administrators, yet there was no significant difference between the two latter groups. Practical implications: Health care organisations should expand their human resources architecture and customise their HRMP for each occupational group based on that group’s perceptions of the workplace. This can nurture trust in managers and create a climate for trust as a mechanism that encourages employees from distinct occupational groups to work together for the benefit of their clinic, organisation, and patients. Originality/value: This study contributes to the discussion about the contextualisation of HRMP, providing insights regarding perceptions of HRMP as an enabler of an organisation’s strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-932
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Health Organization and Management
Issue number7
StatePublished - 24 Aug 2022

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  • HRM practices
  • Health care organisations
  • Occupational groups
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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