Quality of Work Life


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Quality of Work Life

Employees' level of happiness at work. Quality of work life may come from salaries, flexibility in allowing employees to attend family events or other things. Different persons have different definitions of quality of work life. For example, one person may derive satisfaction from traveling while another may consider it the worst part of his/her job.
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Relationship between quality of work life and organizational commitment among lecturers in a Malaysian public research university.
The research instrument used in this study was adapted from the Brooks' survey of quality of work life. It is a self-completion questionnaire with 35 items divided into 4 subscales (a) work life/home life, (b) work design, (c) work context and (d) work the world.
The effect of quality of work life (QWL) programs on quality of life (QOL) among employees at multinational companies in Malaysia.
Earlier studies revealed that poor QWL was related to lack of independence to make patient care decisions, increased workload, role conflicts, lack of opportunities for career advancement, low salary, lack of professional autonomy, lack of stakeholders support and insufficient welfare services, attitude of society towards nursing, higher level of education, and longer professional experience which were factors that adversely affected the quality of work life [11-16].
The second part was Brooks and Anderson's Quality of Work Life questionnaire that included four domains of quality of working life with 42 questions.
According to Figure 1, the quality of work life is understood based on a continuum of workers' representations about their work context.
From these two perspectives, Gonzalez, Peiro and Bravo (1996) explain that QWL measures the way in which the working environment is experienced: a) objectively, where the whole organization is assessed as a multilevel system, taking into account the physical and environmental characteristics of the work place which could lead to a better or worse quality of work life, b) subjectively, from the point of view of the worker, considering the factors that directly influence the way in which he/she views his/ her work along with the individual characteristics that affect their perspectives of the work.
The elements distinguishing the quality of work life from the larger construct of quality of life include the impact of work on people and organizational effectiveness, as well as participatory organizational problem solving and decision making [23].
The term "quality of work life" originated from the concept of open socio-technical system introduced in 1970s that helps to ensure autonomy, interdependence, and self-involvement at work with the idea of "best fit" between technology and social organization.
What is the level of quality of work life of special education teachers?
Such data could be used for evaluating innovative teaching modalities, developing measures of learning outcomes, measuring faculty workload and quality of work life, pursuing quality improvement efforts, engaging in strategic planning, and formulating faculty staffing plans.

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