NIOSH worker well-being questionnaire (WellBQ)
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    "The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (NIOSH WellBQ) provides an integrated assessment of worker well-being across multiple spheres, including individuals' quality of working life, circumstances outside of work, and physical and mental health status. The questionnaire measures "worker" well-being as a holistic construct rather than simply "workplace" or "work-related" well-being. The NIOSH WellBQ is intended to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the well-being of workers and target interventions to improve worker well-being, among other applications. The questionnaire comprises the five domains of worker well-being identified by NIOSH and the RAND Corporation in "Expanding the Paradigm of Occupational Safety and Health: A New Framework for Worker Well-being": (1) work evaluation and experience; (2) workplace policies and culture; (3) workplace physical environment and safety climate; (4) health status; and (5) home, community, and society. The NIOSH WellBQ has many potential applications. It is designed to capture multiple facets of well-being to both broadly characterize the well-being of workers and inspect specific aspects of worker well-being. The questionnaire is designed to acquire data to develop a better understanding of the overall well-being of workers across the workforce as a whole, or within various worker subpopulations (e.g., among different occupational or industry sectors, at an organizational level, or among different demographic groupings of workers), and to identify aspects of worker well-being in need of special attention. As data are accumulated through widespread use of the NIOSH WellBQ in a diversity of settings, we anticipate that practitioners and policymakers will be able to establish benchmarks, norms, or targets for worker well-being across different working populations, occupations, and industries. The questionnaire may also be used for surveillance of changes in worker well-being in relation to economic conditions, societal trends, or changing governmental or organizational policies. Likewise, the NIOSH WellBQ can be used for applied research to investigate effects of deliberate interventions to influence worker well-being and associated outcomes, such as organizational performance, worker disability, and health care costs at the organizational or societal level." - NIOSHTIC-2

    NIOSHTIC no. 20062717

    Suggested citation: NIOSH [2021]. NIOSH worker well-being questionnaire (WellBQ). By Chari R, Chang CC, Sauter SL, Petrun Sayers EL, Huang W, Fisher GG. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2021-110 (revised 5/2021), NIOSHPUB2021110revised52021.


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    Acknowledgments -- Overview of the NIOSH WellBQ -- Development of the NIOSH WellBQ -- Content of the NIOSH WellBQ -- Administering the NIOSH WellBQ -- Coding and Scoring Instructions -- Data Interpretation -- NIOSH WellBQ Codebook -- NIOSH WellBQ -- NIOSH WellBQ Item Source Table.
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