Measuring quality of life in the workplace; how do you do this?

Postdate: 24 May 2018

These days, the topic of ‘quality of life’ is a more common news item. The Central Bureau of Statistics recently presented its new figures about the quality of life in the Netherlands, subdivided into welfare and wellbeing. But how do you actually measure quality of life at work?

What is quality of life?
Quality of life consists of prosperity or welfare and well-being. Well-being is the degree of life satisfaction and health that is being experienced, while prosperity or welfare is primarily about income. Levels of education, working conditions, mental and physical health, safety, relationships, leisure time and home environment all play an important role in having a high or low level of quality of life. Thus, it is determined by more than just money, which should be obvious. However, the quality of life for highly educated people is just slightly higher. A good job is namely often associated with more success and a higher income. [1]

How do you measure it?
One aspect of quality of life is 'workplace wellbeing’.' National Business Group on Health divides well-being at work into social connectedness, job satisfaction, financial security, physical health and emotional health. [2] Thus, this also means it is not only about income. Another approach comes from The Wellbeing Project. They see a positive corporate culture, energetic work environment, appropriate managers, strong relationships, job satisfaction and a healthy lifestyle as components of 'workplace wellbeing'. This reflects a perspective of the organisation, the team and the individual, in this case, the manager or entrepreneur. [3] These two models thus reflect definite commonalities.


''What does this mean to me?''

This is an important question to ask yourself. Which factors are crucial within my organisation? Both the employee and the manager share a responsibility in this, which is also reflected in the two models above. It is essential that you, as an employee make sure that you lead a healthy life, but a healthy work environment that is facilitated by management is at least as important.

The conclusion is that job satisfaction, mental and physical health and social relationships in the workplace are the common denominator. By investing in this, you not only increase quality of work and job satisfaction, but also the quality of life as a whole. In turn, this means producing happy, healthy and motivated employees.

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[1] CBS; [2] Business Group Health; [3] The Wellbeing Project

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