The Work Positive Profile: A new web-based psychosocial audit tool for the Republic of Ireland

Robert Kerr, Suzanne Boyd, Jonathan Houdmont

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Background: The Work Positive Profile (WPP) is the official survey instrument that accompanies Ireland’s national policy initiative to control work-related stress, Work Positive (WP). Designed to help organisations assess their performance in following the WP process, the WPP incorporates the (newly validated) Irish version of the Management Standards Indicator Tool and, in keeping with the positive ethos of WP, the WHO-Five Well-being Index (WHO-5), a measure of positive psychological well-being. This combination of measures to assess both psychosocial hazards and well-being is reflective of best practice for managing ‘well-being at work’ (WAW) according to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA); use of the WHO-5 as a well-being measure is also recommended by EU-OSHA (2013). Following an extensive validation study of the WPP, a new web-based platform is currently being developed to provide Irish organisations with a free, automated version of the survey instrument.Method: Built using Drupal, a powerful open-source web development framework, the new platform will provide a free version of the survey instrument for any Irish organisation that registers on the website. Previous incarnations of the WPP were built and managed by the authors using the online software tool SurveyGizmo; after working with a wide range of public and private sector organisations in Ireland (collecting approximately 8000 survey responses) and gaining valuable organisational feedback in the process, the new platform has been developed to make administration of the WPP as simple and straightforward as possible, being a fully automated system from start to finish.Results: Once registered, organisations will have full control over the survey via a secure, password-protected administration area on the website. Organisations will be able to direct employees online for anonymous completion of the WPP, using a web link unique to the organisation. To help employers manage the survey process at all stages, the administration area will contain a wide range of resources, from Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) through to automated, in-depth management reports analysing the organisation’s survey results. In addition, a comprehensive survey guide will be available to help organisations administer the WPP as effectively as possible. Conclusion: The new web-based platform will provide Irish organisations with an easy-to-use methodology for following the Work Positive process and for managing WAW, as recommended by EU-OSHA (2013). The platform is currently in development and will be officially launched in early 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherEuropean Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
Number of pages365
ISBN (Print)978-0-9928786-0-3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Apr 2014
EventEuropean Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference - London
Duration: 14 Apr 2014 → …


ConferenceEuropean Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference
Period14/04/14 → …


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