Expanding The Paradigm of Occupational Safety And Health
A New Framework For Worker Well-Being
Published in: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine [Epub March 2018]. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001330
Posted on RAND.org on May 22, 2018
This article describes the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) development of a conceptual framework for worker well-being. While well-being research is growing, there is a need to translate theoretical concepts into practical models for measurement and action.
Multidisciplinary literature reviews informed development of the worker well-being framework and major domains and subdomains. An expert panel helped prioritize constructs for measurement.
The framework includes five domains and twenty subdomains and conceptualizes worker well-being as a subjective and objective phenomenon inclusive of experiences both within and beyond work contexts.
Well-being is a positive and unifying concept that captures multiple factors that contribute to workers' health and quality of life. This work lays the foundation for larger well-being measurement efforts and will provide tools for NIOSH partners to help workers flourish.