Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Healthy Work Design and Well-Being (HWD) Program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia to accomplish its goals. Current priorities include:
- Improve the organization of work to promote safe and healthy work design and well-being.
- Advance the safety and health of workers in non-standard work arrangements.
- Address negative health and safety consequences of shift work, long work schedules, and other factors that contribute to work-related fatigue.
- Explore the safety and health effects of work organization and non-work factors (including societal, technological, environmental, economic, and political) 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 work-related stressors including non-standard work arrangements.
- Promote evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to advance worker well-being, including Total Worker Health® (TWH).
- Edited a special issue on the future of work, TWH, and HWD for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. It offers a collection of 30 research papers, reviews, commentaries, and an editorial from NIOSH and partner experts.
- Administered the NIOSH Quality of Work Life (QWL) Survey as a module of the General Social Survey (GSS). The QWL is the major source for tracking work organization and quality of work life factors at the national level.
- Published theNIOSH Worker Well-being Questionnaire (WellBQ), a freely available survey instrument that provides an integrated assessment of worker well-being across multiple spheres.
- Published several journal articles (healthy work design and well-being) and a series of blogs (Healthy Work Design | Blogs | CDC) on fatigue, future of work, COVID-19 related worker health, and non-standard work arrangements.
- Co-managed the Work, Stress, and Health 2021 virtual conference. Approximately 650 attendees accessed the on-demand conference across the globe.
- Communicated HWD research and studies through chaired sessions and workshops at the European Academy for Occupational Health Psychology Conference, July 6th-8th, Bordeaux, France.
- Implement objectives from the HWD national occupational research agenda with industry and academic partners.
- Co-host the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® to be held October 11-14, 2022, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Publish special issue on fatigue in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
- Guest-edit a special issue on telework for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
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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.
Source: Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ) | NIOSH | CDC
Source: GSS General Social Survey | NORC
Source: Silver, Li, Quay (2021)- BRFSS Analysis
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