Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program PPOP

What are our priorities?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program (HWD) works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia to accomplish its goals. Current priorities are listed below.

  • Improve the organization of work to reduce job stress and protect  and advance worker health and well-being.
  • Advance the safety and health of workers in non-standard work arrangements, such as temporary agency, contract, and gig arrangements.
  • Protect workers from the negative health and safety consequences of shift work, long work schedules, and other factors that contribute to work-related fatigue.
What do we do?
  • Explore the safety and health effects of work organization and the external factors (including societal, technological, regulatory, and policy) that influence work organization.
  • Identify the economic factors that affect worker safety, health, and well-being.
  • Design surveys that track changes in the organization of work and the resulting effects on worker health, safety, and well-being.
  • Conduct research on the association between work arrangements and worker stress, health, and health-related quality of life (HRQL).
  • Identify cost-effective interventions that organizations can use to reduce the negative impacts of stressors related to work arrangements.
  • Promote evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to advance worker well-being, including Total Worker Health® (TWH).
What have we accomplished?
  • to protect worker health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Published the Workplace Supported Recovery website, offering evidence-based policies and programs to prevent and reduce substance use disorders among workers and support their recovery and return to work.
  • Led the design of supplemental questions in the 2020 and 2021 National Health Interview Surveys focusing on key aspects of work arrangements and potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
What’s next?
  • Utilize research and stakeholder inputs to develop more extensive web content, a Workplace Solutions document, and a comprehensive journal article on the topic of Workplace Supported Recovery.
  • Solicit feedback from experts to prepare the NIOSH Quality of Work Life (QWL) Survey. It
  • will be administered in 2022 as a module on the General Social Surveyexternal icon (GSS), a biannual nationally representative survey of US adults.
  • Guest edit a special issueexternal icon on the future of work, Total Worker Health, and healthy work design and well-being for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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At-A-Glance

The NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program seeks to improve the design of work, work environments, management practices, and organizational policies to advance worker safety, health, and well-being. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work.

Percentage of US adults who volunteered or worked in a health-care facility by race/ethnicity (2016-2018)
Percentage of US adults who volunteered or worked in a health-care facility by race/ethnicity
Percentage of workers teleworking due to COVID-19 by class of worker for specific months (Current Population Survey, 2020/21)
Percentage of workers teleworking due to COVID-19 by class of worker for specific months
Percentage of workers reporting discrimination (by types) at work (2002-2018)
Percentage of workers reporting discrimination (by types) at work (2002-2018)

To learn more, visit
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/hwd/
October 2021

Page last reviewed: November 18, 2020