Development and Validation of the Work-Related Well-Being Index: Analysis of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

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To describe development and validation of the work-related well-being (WRWB) index.


Principal components analysis was performed using Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) data (N = 392,752) to extract variables representing worker well-being constructs. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed to verify factor structure. To validate the WRWB index, we used multiple regression analysis to examine relationships with burnout associated outcomes.


Principal Components Analysis identified three positive psychology constructs: “Work Positivity”, “Co-worker Relationships”, and “Work Mastery”. An 11 item index explaining 63.5% of variance was achieved. The structural equation model provided a very good fit to the data. Higher WRWB scores were positively associated with all three employee experience measures examined in regression models.


The new WRWB index shows promise as a valid and widely accessible instrument to assess worker well-being.

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