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Please Participate : Health and Well-being in the Workplace Study

Attention engineers! WWEST needs your help to figure out how to make your workplaces healthier and happier. All it takes is a few surveys and we’ll even give you a Starbucks gift card! Thanks in advance.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia invite men and women to participate in a ground-breaking research project examining how conversational patterns in the workplace contribute to the health, well-being, and career satisfaction of professional engineers.

For more information, please visit our FAQ at http://j.mp/WWESTfaq or contact Will Hall at wmhall@psych.ubc.ca. To participate, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H9RT8HH.
All information is collected directly by UBC and will be confidential. Your place of employment will not have access to your data or responses. Participation in this survey will have no bearing whatsoever on your status or evaluation at your place of employment.Participants who complete the final survey component will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card. In addition, participants will be entered into a raffle for one of 6 Kindle Fires (1 in 50 chance of winning). Participants who complete the ambulatory blood pressure component will be entered into an additional raffle for two $150 cash prices (1 in 20 chance of winning).
Research in the social and organizational sciences reveals that our social context can have a large but often under-appreciated effect on our day-to-day experience of stress and life satisfaction. When these effects are prolonged or chronic, they can tax our cardiovascular system and take a toll on both our physical and mental health. This project will examine two key aspects of how your workplace might counteract daily stress and contribute to your health and well-being: the policies that promote a safe, rewarding, and inclusive environment and the interactions you have with others during your day.To address the above issues, we need your help. Volunteers for the study will:
• Complete an online daily diary survey for two working weeks. Surveys will take 10-15 minutes/night.
• Complete slightly longer entrance and exit surveys about your experiences in engineering and your perceptions of the interpersonal environment and policies in your workplace.
• Provide demographic information such as your age, gender, and ethnicity and complete validated measures of general health, life satisfaction, and career engagement.A subsample of participants working in the greater Vancouver, B.C, region will be invited to take part in a health monitoring arm of the study. Those who choose to participate in this part of the study will wear an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for two days during the two week survey period. The Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitor is designed so that it can be worn without restricting user’s movement during the normal working day and will allow us to identify correlations between physical stress indicators and other aspects of your workplace experience.

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