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NIOSH work organization measures inventory: developmental status and future directions.

Work, Stress and Health 2008: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice and Partnerships, March 6 - 8, 2008, Washington, DC. American Psychological Association, 2008 Mar; :1
The collection and exchange of information about instruments for assessing work organization and workplace psychosocial stressors is key to facilitating research on the effects of the changing organization of work on worker health and safety. To address this need, a database or "Inventory" of instruments was developed and made accessible to the public through a search engine located on the NIOSH Website (<a href=""target="_blank"></a>).This information resource enables researchers to perform custom searches to quickly and easily identify work organization and/or workplace psychosocial measures - facilitating the broad dissemination of methodological information that has historically been confined to a small community of subject-matter experts. The objectives of this poster are to describe the developmental status of the Inventory and to propose future directions for content development. The Work Organization Measures Inventory currently includes detailed descriptive records for 50 instruments containing over 340 work organization and/or workplace psychosocial measures. Well established and widely recognized instruments such as the Job Diagnostic Survey and the Job Content Questionnaire are included, as well as newer instruments such as the Telecommuter Job Structure Survey. While newer instruments have more limited empirical testing, they are included to expand awareness about the availability of measures relevant to the changing nature of work. Most of the instruments in the Inventory are questionnaires (88%). It is expected in the future that the Inventory will include more alternative methodological approaches (e.g., checklists, structured interviews, diaries). Most of the instruments contain generic measures that could be used in a variety of occupational settings, although some instruments contain measures that are industry or occupation-specific (e.g., transportation, healthcare, education, farming, police work). NIOSH encourages the entire community of instrument developers and users to participate in the growth of the Inventory by nominating instruments for inclusion. More information about the instrument nomination process can be found on the NIOSH Work Organization Measures Website.
Psychological-stress; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-practices; Analytical-processes
Leslie MacDonald, ScD., NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R-15, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA
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Work, Stress and Health 2008: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice and Partnerships, March 6 - 8, 2008, Washington, DC
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