NIOSH Releases Well-Being Survey for Employers
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a survey earlier this month that it says is meant to be a resource design to measure worker well-being.
The Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ) is a free tool that is intended to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners and policymakers understand workers’ health and target interventions to improve well-being.
“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,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “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.”
Those who could find WellBQ useful include:
The WellBQ identifies five domains of worker well-bring, which include:
The questionnaire comprises 68 questions representative of the five domains and complementing these are 15 optional items about employment and demographic information, which may be edited as needed to meet user needs.
A draft of the WellBQ was pilot tested in a nationwide sample of 975 workers, and reportedly takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Other Health Initiatives
At the end of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its checklists for construction employers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, with special consideration for workers’ mental health.
The documents included lists for each party. For employees, the checklist of ways to build resilience includes:
For employers, the checklist revolved more around stress management, and includes:
The CDC noted that the pandemic has negatively impacted employee mental health for several reasons, including: