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Psychosocial risks have a significant detrimental impact on organisations and the people who work in them. There is considerable evidence linking psychosocial hazards as a leading cause of lost-time from work and reduced levels of engagement and productivity due to their influence on mental health and depression, psychological distress and absenteeism.
Psychosocial risk factors or hazards include aspects of the work organisation that are a result of human (in)action and have the potential to cause psychological harm. Typical antecedents include job design, the organisation and management of work, and relational factors.
Research indicates that New Zealand workers are highly vulnerable to psychosocial workplace problems, which ultimately place a considerable burden on the economic and social wellbeing of our society. Until now, there has been no systematic approach to understanding or preventing psychosocial risks in New Zealand.
Massey University’s Healthy Work Group has developed a comprehensive research programme known as the New Zealand Workplace Barometer (NZWB).
The NZWB is designed to provide for the longitudinal monitoring and surveillance of work-related psychological health and safety outcomes among a large sample of New Zealand workers.
The NZWB examines the impacts of exposure to psychosocial risks (assessed through the measurement of psychosocial safety climate, alongside specific psychosocial hazards such as workplace bullying) on important individual and organisational outcomes, notably: depression and mental health, psychological distress, sickness absence, performance, innovation and engagement.
Data collection will start in September 2020.
If your organisation wishes to participate, we will generate a custom survey link to send to your staff. We ask that you please distribute the link, and allow your employees to complete the survey. The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete.
Organisations with 50 or more participants will receive a customised report of their results. This report can be benchmarked against the wider national dataset to give an idea of how your organisation compares. Because the survey uses standardised, validated measures that are used in overseas studies, international comparisons can also be made.
There is no cost for participation in this initial round of data collection, beyond the time associated with employees completing the survey.
We anticipate that this research programme will continue longitudinally, and we may look to introduce a subscription model or similar for participation in future years.
To find out more about participating, including whether this may be right for your organisation, please email Liz Ashby: L.Ashby@massey.ac.nz
The Healthy Work Group at Massey University is undertaking this research. We have experience in conducting research into a wide range of issues related to work and wellbeing.
The New Zealand Workplace Barometer is a nationwide project that we are undertaking to look at the issues affecting the wellbeing of New Zealanders at work. The project receives important financial support from Worksafe New Zealand. We really appreciate your participation as we undertake this new, important research.
If you have any questions about this research, you are welcome to contact the research team confidentially by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern B, Application 18/15
If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research, please contact Dr Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Chair, Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern B, telephone 06 356 9099 x 83657, email email@example.com
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Last updated on Wednesday 12 August 2020