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|Title:||Capturing wellbeing at work|
|Author(s):||Valerie Shephard, (Visiting Research Fellow and Woody Caan is Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK), Woody Caan, (Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)|
|Citation:||Valerie Shephard, Woody Caan, (2012) "Capturing wellbeing at work", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 11 Iss: 1, pp.27 - 31|
|Keywords:||Measurement, Mental health, Public health, Wellbeing|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17465721211207284 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||A copy of the definitive questionnaire is available pro bono from the author.|
Purpose – This paper aims to report on a 12-item measure developed by the authors, which assesses and monitors the wellbeing of employees across an organisation: Wellness at Work (W@W).
Design/methodology/approach – The W@W questionnaire for employees was delivered in parallel with a multi-site survey undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive, during the development of their management standards. This paper reports its testing across a higher education workforce with 552 diverse participants.
Findings – This survey revealed that individuals with low or deteriorating “wellness” gave distinctive responses to questions about their future work, and enabled widespread discussion within the organisation about actions to improve employee wellbeing.
Originality/value – W@W is a practical measure for use in workplace settings.
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