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Development and validation of a measure of work-related wellbeing in the U.S. workforce

August 15, 2019 – August 14, 2021

The average U.S. adult worker spends about one-third of their working life at work. Thus, work-related wellbeing is of importance to many stakeholders, including workers, organizations, and public policy makers, as well as an important construct for researchers to study. Yet, there are no well-constructed measures of work-related wellbeing that focus on how work and working conditions enable workers to be healthy and satisfied at work, to flourish at work, and to achieve a fulfilling work life.

Using three sets of worker data, this research aims to refine the definition of work-related wellbeing, developing a concise but comprehensive self-report measure that is suitable for diverse working populations. This scale focuses on the connections between workplace characteristics and working conditions that contribute to positive psychological wellbeing.

Funding for this project is provided by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Innovations in Positive Health Pilot Program.