NIOSH Launches Workforce Well-Being Initiative
A new resource can help employers measure the well-being of their workforce.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a worker well-being questionnaire, a survey designed to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the issue and target steps to improve it.
“Worker well-being is an unifying concept that characterizes quality of life with respect to a person’s working conditions, circumstances outside of work, and physical and mental health status,” NIOSH director Dr. John Howard said in a statement.
“NIOSH is excited to offer this new tool that anyone can use to evaluate worker well-being in order to help identify opportunities to advance worker well-being through workplace policies, programs, and practices.”
Anyone interested in measuring the well-being of workers can use the NIOSH WellBQ.
- Employers, worker-health and well-being professionals, and decision makers can use the survey to inform decisions to advance worker well-being in the workforce as a whole or in various employee subgroups, such as industry and occupational sectors or demographic groups
- Occupational safety and health, public health experts, and policymakers can use the survey to monitor changes in worker well-being as it relates to economic conditions, societal trends, or changing governmental or organizational policies
- Researchers and organizational consultants can use the survey to assess the well-being of a working population before, during, and after an intervention
The questionnaire has 68 questions representative of the five domains of worker well-being: Workplace evaluation and experience, workplace policies and culture, workplace physical environment and safety climate, health status, and home, community and society.
Complementing these are 15 optional items about employment and demographic information, which may be edited as needed to meet user needs.
The draft NIOSH WellBQ was pilot tested in a nationwide sample of 975 working people.
Based on testing, the questionnaire was finalized and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1900).
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