New Zealand Workplace Barometer

For more information or to participate, please email Liz Ashby: L.Ashby@massey.ac.nz

NZ Workplace Barometer 2018 Findings Report

The NZ Workplace Barometer_2018_final.pdf (2,132 KB)

What is the New Zealand Workplace Barometer?

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 will examine 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. 

In 2018, 25 organisations participated in a preliminary study, with over 1400 respondents.  The NZWB was found to be fit for purpose and provided a first national dataset on psychosocial risks and stress-related outcomes in the New Zealand work environment. It also provided organisations with an overview of their risk profile and has indicated where psychosocial risk prevention measures need to be implemented.

 

How can I be involved?

In this round of data collection we are seeking organisations who are willing to distribute the survey link to their employees.

When is it happening?

Data collection will start in August or September 2019.

What will it involve?

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.

How will my organisation benefit from participating?

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.

How much does it cost to participate?

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.

How can I get involved?

To find out more about participating, including whether this may be right for your organisation, please email Liz Ashby: L.Ashby@massey.ac.nz

Who is doing this research?

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.

This survey is part of the New Zealand Workplace Barometer – a nationwide project that we are undertaking to look at the issues affecting the wellbeing of New Zealanders at work. 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: healthyworkgroup@massey.ac.nz  

 

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern B, Application 18/15, and is undergoing ethics review for 2019.

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 humanethicsouthb@massey.ac.nz  

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