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Well-being at work - overview and perspective.
Schulte P; Vainio H
Scand J Work Environ Health 2010 Aug; 36(5):422-429
This paper provides an overview of and perspective on the concept of well-being at work. Well-being is a term that reflects not only on one's health but satisfaction with work and life. Well-being is a summative concept that characterizes the quality of working lives, including occupational safety and health (OSH) aspects, and it may be a major determinant of productivity at the individual, enterprise and societal levels. Based on a review of the literature and a recent conference, we suggest a model linking workforce well-being, productivity, and population well-being. To appraise the validity of the model, we consider five questions: (i) is there a robust and usable definition of workplace well-being? (ii) have the variables that influence well-being been aptly described and can they be measured and used in risk assessments? (iii) what is the nature of evidence that well-being is linked to productivity? (iv) what is the state of knowledge on the effectiveness of interventions to promote workplace well-being? and (v) should interventions aimed at improving well-being at work focus on more than work-related factors?
Psychological-factors; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Occupational-health; Risk-analysis; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: health promotion; occupational safety and health; OSH; productivity; workplace
Dr P Schulte, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-14, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA
Issue of Publication
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health