The relative wellbeing of construction professionals

Cattell, K, Bowen, P, Cooper, C and Edwards, P 2018, 'The relative wellbeing of construction professionals', in Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, Dayana Bastos Costa, Michael Behm, Fidelis Emuze (ed.) Proceedings of the 27th Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference, Salvador, Brazil, 1-3 August 2018, pp. 292-301.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The relative wellbeing of construction professionals
Author(s) Cattell, K
Bowen, P
Cooper, C
Edwards, P
Year 2018
Conference name Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction
Conference location Salvador, Brazil
Conference dates 1-3 August 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 27th Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference
Editor(s) Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, Dayana Bastos Costa, Michael Behm, Fidelis Emuze
Publisher Marketing Aumentado
Place of publication Salvador, Brazil
Start page 292
End page 301
Total pages 10
Abstract The current survey of CIOB members reported here was conducted in 2016 with the purpose of updating an earlier survey of occupational stress in the construction industry conducted by the CIOB in 2006. While the main aim was to present a more current picture of workplace stress and its effects on mental health, we also aimed to improve rigour by using a psychometrically validated scale, the A Shortened Stress Evaluation Tool (ASSET). Two core scales, 6 Essentials and Psychological Well-being were used and compared with the normative data derived from the General Working Population (GWP) 2015 database. Only two of the 6 Essentials scales, i.e. Control and Job security & change, showed construction professionals to be typical compared to the norm group. The Resources & communication and Job conditions scales measured them as approaching high-risk, and the Balanced workload and Work relationships scales were atypical, indicating high-risk areas. The two Psychological Well-being subscales, namely, Positive emotions and Sense of purpose, both indicated that construction professionals were typical compared to the norm group. The subscale items identified the main causes of the atypical scores as: lack of feedback on performance; ideas/suggestions about the job not being taken seriously; work-life imbalance; high workload; and poor work relationships. Although some of these problems could be addressed at the firm level, those that are widespread and deeply rooted in the culture of the industry will require formal mental health promotion programmes above the level of the organisation.
Subjects Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Keyword(s) Workplace stress
Occupational stress
ASSET
Construction professionals
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