Should HIV and AIDS workplace programmes still be advocated in the automotive industry?

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Should HIV and AIDS workplace programmes still be advocated in the automotive industry?
Creator Steenkamp, Liana von der Marwitz, Jill Baasner-Weihs, Friederike Pietersen, Jacques
Subject Human resource management; workplace programmes Behaviour; skills level; workplace policies; employee wellness; Theory of reasoned action
Description Orientation: In light of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic, and in order to improve competitiveness in the South African private sector, many structures have implemented subsidised workplace programmes.Research purpose: The aim of this study was to collect baseline data regarding the knowledge, attitudes, practices and belief (KAPB) of employees in the automotive industry in relation to HIV and AIDS, in order to assess the need for HIV and AIDS workplace programmes.Motivation for the study: Given the abundance of HIV and AIDS information, the question is whether these workplace programmes’ efforts are still relevant.Research design, approach and method: A quantitative descriptive study design was used using a self-administered questionnaire covering questions about KAPB with regard to HIV and AIDS. The data collection took place in seven automotive supplier companies in South Africa (n = 733) who were going to implement HIV and AIDS workplace programmes with the support of the Automotive Industry Development Centre in the Eastern Cape.Main findings: High-risk behaviour, as indicated by sexual relations with more than one partner in the last 12 months, occurred in between 12% (management) and 42% (cleaners) of employees. All risk behaviour indicators showed significant differences (p 0.05) between management and administrative staff on the one hand and technicians, operators and cleaners on the other. Despite being aware of an HIV policy, more than 50% of employees indicated that they would not be willing to disclose their status.Practical/managerial implications: As HIV and AIDS risk behaviour and stigma remain a problem, HIV infection with associated health problems may threaten productivity in the automotive industry if no measures are taken to address the impact on employees and the company.Contribution: This study strongly supports the conclusion that KAPB studies can still provide important information to tailor HIV workplace programmes according to employee needs.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor AIDC EC
Date 2015-03-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — cross sectional survey
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v13i1.609
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 13, No 1 (2015); 10 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
Coverage South Africa; Eastern Cape 2012 - 2013 Adults; n=733; 7 automotive companies
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Liana Steenkamp, Jill von der Marwitz, Friederike Baasner-Weihs, Jacques Pietersen